Australian kids as young as FIVE could be injected with the Pfizer Covid vaccine within weeks


Australian kids as young as FIVE could be injected with the Pfizer Covid vaccine within weeks

  • Australian children as young as five-years-old could soon receive Pfizer jab
  • TGA announced Wednesday it’s given ‘provisional determination’ for age group 
  • Currently TGA has approved for the vaccines use for kids as young as 12 










Australian children as young as five-years-old could soon be vaccinated after approval from officials.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday announced it has given ‘provisional determination’ for children aged five and up to receive the Pfzier vaccine.

Currently the TGA had approved kids as young as 12 to receive the jab, but the recent classification will now include the five to 11 age group. 

Australian children as young as five-years-old could soon be vaccinated after approval from officials (stock image)

Australian children as young as five-years-old could soon be vaccinated after approval from officials (stock image)

Pfizer told AAP this week the company had provided trial data to the US regulator for initial review (stock image)

Pfizer told AAP this week the company had provided trial data to the US regulator for initial review (stock image)

‘The granting of this determination means that Pfizer is now eligible to apply to vary the provisional approval for the vaccine to include children aged five to 11 years,’ the TGA said in a statement.

‘This provisional determination is the first step in the process and does not mean that an application for variation has been made by the sponsor or that any such variation will be provisionally approved by the TGA.’   

Pfizer will now need to submit comprehensive clinical data.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the assessment would be done ‘very quickly’, potentially in a matter of weeks.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday announced it has given 'provisional determination' for children aged five and up to receive the Pfzier vaccine (stock image)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Wednesday announced it has given ‘provisional determination’ for children aged five and up to receive the Pfzier vaccine (stock image)

He said it would also need the green light from the technical advisory group ATAGI.

‘It will be assessed very quickly,’ he told 4BC radio.

‘We are hoping they (Pfizer) bring it forward in the coming weeks. We’ve got the supply and we’ve got the distribution mechanisms.’

Pfizer told AAP this week the company had provided trial data to the US regulator for initial review.

A trial of the two-dose vaccine involving 2268 children had come back with favourable safety and antibody responses.

The pharmaceutical giant is also running a study involving children aged six months up to five years, which should produce topline results by the end of this year.

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