Australian Academy of Science: COVID-19 vaccines and their long-term safety

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect ourselves and our communities. Current data and evidence confidently support the long term safety of COVID-19 vaccines. 

This article discusses the various safety processes currently in place for COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that they continue to be effective in preventing severe disease.

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COVID-19 vaccines and their long-term safety


The Conversation: COVID vaccines for 5 to 11 year old’s are inching closer. Here’s what we know so far

This week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised the provisional use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children between the age of 5 to 11 years. Children will receive two doses of the vaccine, at a reduced dose (one-third of the adult dose) administered approximately three weeks apart.

Pfizer has submitted a partial application to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and is currently on track to supply the remaining data over the next two weeks. Once approved, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI) will advise the government on timing the rollout.

Current data suggests a clear advantage to immunising children against COVID-19, including protecting them from severe complications associated with the Delta variant, and helping to minimise the spread of the virus amongst the more vulnerable in the community.

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COVID vaccines for 5 to 11 year old’s are inching closer. Here’s what we know so far


New educational resource: Generation Next course on COVID and kids

MVEC has collaborated with the team at Generation Next on a new resource featuring Dr Daryl Cheng to provide helpful strategies to get kids back to school safely and reduce transmission of COVID-19 in this group.

Course content reflects the combined efforts of immunisation paediatricians, adult physicians, immunisation nurses, infectious disease, and allergy specialists, as well as infection control teams. The information works to provide guidance and support for parents and communities to ensure a safe transition to a new COVID normal.

To enrol in this free course, please click on the link below:

Next Generation course: Covid and kids