Infectious diseases expert says it ‘won’t be long’ before primary school kids get COVID jabs
Australian kids aged five to 11 could be vaccinated within months as the national vaccine rollout escalates.
Pfizer-BioNTech will seek regulator approval to give smaller doses of its vaccine to primary school aged children.
Director of infectious diseases at Mater Health Services, Associate Professor Paul Griffin, says it’s important that children are vaccinated.
“It’s important that everybody gets vaccinated,” he told Ross and Russel.
“While children don’t get too unwell with this virus they certainly can get it and they certainly can pass it on.”
Associate Professor Griffin says there’s “great data showing these vaccines work, even down as young as six months of age now”.
“It won’t be long, I think, and most countries will include children in their strategy.
“We did do the clinical trials in those younger children last … that’s just the natural progression of our clinical trials.”
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