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

MVEC’s next Clinical Vaccinology Update (CVU) mini event will take place virtually in August with the date to be announced shortly.  This CVU mini will provide an update on:

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

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

Event details:
Date: TBC August 2022
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm AEST
Register:  Details to be announced

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Tuesday 16th August 2022 - Program
Time (Melbourne local time, AEST)TopicPresenter
7.00pm - 7.05pmWelcome to country Introduction Dr Daryl Cheng (host) Medical Lead, MVEC
7.05pm - 7.25pmCOVID-19 infection in children over 6 months: The Melbourne experienceDr Daryl Cheng
7.25pm - 7.45pmCOVID-19 vaccine recommendations for Australian children over 6 monthsA/Prof Nigel Crawford Director, SAEFVIC/ MVEC, MCRI
7.45pm – 8.05pmThe safety profile of COVID-19 vaccines in children Prof Jim Buttery Head of Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Signal Detection, MCRI
8.05pm - 8.25pmQ&A Panel A/Prof Nigel Crawford Prof Jim Buttery
8.25pm - 8.30pmClosingDr Daryl Cheng


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).

A/Prof Michael Murray AM
President, National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)
A/Prof Murray is the President of the Board of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). He has a broad range of management, clinical and clinical teaching experience in the area of aged care.

A/Prof Murray is the medical director of Continuing Care and head of Geriatric Medicine at Austin Health, Associate Professor at Melbourne University and Adjunct Associate Professor Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, and formerly the University of Notre Dame. He holds a number of board and committee positions with a variety of government, health and educational institutions and has held the position of Continence Foundation of Australia National President since 2004.

As a geriatrician, A/Prof Murray was a lead in the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, which brought together federal and state agencies to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in Victorian residential aged care homes.

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.

Dr Angela Berkhout

Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, Microbiology Department, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Dr Angie Berkhout is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist currently working in the Microbiology Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is a PhD candidate with the University of Queensland and is a MCRI Clinical Research Fellow and has been working with MVEC over the last 6 months.

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