COVID-19: infection and vaccines in children aged 6 months and over

Thank you for attending MVEC’s Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) mini webinar on Tuesday 30th August.  The CVU mini provided an update on:

  • COVID-19 infection in children over 6 months: The Melbourne experience
  • COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for Australian children over 6 months
  • The safety profile of COVID-19 vaccines in children

The event was held for 1.5 hours, including an opportunity for questions in the live Q&A forum.

The recording will be available for viewing soon.

Following the event or upon completion of viewing the recording, please login to your profile on our Education Portal to complete a short evaluation survey, and to download a copy of your attendance certificate for professional development requirements.

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Rachael McGuire
Education Nurse Coordinator, MVEC

Rachael is an accredited Nurse Immuniser and experienced paediatric Registered Nurse. She has a strong interest in the immunisation of special risk groups, including those with immunosuppression, as well as vaccine safety. She is passionate about immunisation education and is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education.

Julia Smith 
Immunisation Fellow, The Royal Children’s Hospital 

Julia is a paediatric registrar in her penultimate year of training and is the current Immunisation Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Julia’s interests include immunisation safety and she is currently undertaking research in this area through SAEFVIC. Her other interests include clinical education and global health.

Dr Daryl Cheng
Medical Lead, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre

Dr Daryl Cheng is a consultant paediatrician and clinical informatician with a special interest in immunisation and travel medicine, based at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and Monash Health. He also has clinical research and educational appointments at SAEFVIC & MVEC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.

HIs keen interests in health informatics and healthcare systems are fostered through roles with the Melbourne Children’s Centre for Health Analytics and the RCH Strategy, Quality & Improvement Team.

A/Prof Nigel Crawford
Director, Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre and SAEFVIC

A/Prof Crawford is a consultant paediatrician and vaccinologist. He is also the Director of SAEFVIC based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), Head of Immunisation Services at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Chair of the Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS). In 2021, A/Prof Crawford was appointed the Chair of the Australian Therapeutic Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). He is an expert in the vaccination of special risk groups, a member of the ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group Executive, Chair of ATAGI Subgroup #3 (Vaccine Safety), Chair of Vaccine Safety Committee (B Part of It NT Study), Member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) COVID-19 vaccine Expert Advisory Group (EAG) of the Department Health Canberra, and Member of the Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine Expert Advisory Group (EAG).

Prof Jim Buttery
Group Leader, Health Informatics, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Prof Buttery is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and vaccinologist. He is the inaugural Professor of Child Health Informatics at the University of Melbourne. He is Head of Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal Detection at SAEFVIC (MCRI) and Chief Clinical Research Information Officer and Infectious Diseases Physician at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Prof Buttery also serves as a member of the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee, member of the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) Advisory Committee on Vaccines, member of the Centre for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, SPEAC meta-DSMB COVID vaccines, and member of DSMB, COVID vaccine candidate, Serum Institute of India.

A/Prof Sheena Sullivan
Senior Epidemiologist, Peter Doherty Institute

A/Prof Sheena Sullivan holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Sheena was appointed in 2011 as the inaugural epidemiologist for the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. She works with sentinel surveillance programs in Australia to estimate vaccine effectiveness and safety, and to understand the validity of the methods used to conduct these studies. She also works closely with national and regional partners including the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US to improve influenza surveillance. She holds adjunct appointments at the University of Melbourne and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a proxy member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee.