Aussie babies as young as six months are eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 boosters as TGA gives a tentative sting

The Australian Medical Regulatory Authority has granted provisional approval for a Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine for children aged between six months and five years.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration says the booster shot will protect against serious COVID-19 outcomes including hospitalization and death.

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Pfizer says that while children are less likely to get serious illnesses from COVID-19, they are still at risk of complications, including long-term COVID-19.

Pfizer’s medical director in Australia and New Zealand said children remain at higher risk of contracting an illness that overlaps with COVID-19, including pneumonia and other upper respiratory tract infections.

“Today’s provisional approval is an important reminder for parents to talk to their doctor about getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Dr. Krishan Thiru.

TGA approval is based on US data reported by 4500 participants.

The TGA said the data showed a similar immune response in younger children as in children aged 5 to 11 and that the vaccine’s safety was similar to that in adults, with only mild side effects.

A COVID-19 booster shot for children aged six months and older has been provisionally approved. Recognition: DragonImages/Getty Images/iStockphoto

It comes a week after regulators tentatively approved Pfizer’s boosters for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

The uptake of booster vaccinations in Australia will be done through the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

ATAGI advises the national cabinet, which meets on Friday, on vaccinations.

But there are concerns about vaccine uptake in Australia among poorer and less educated households and people from non-English speaking backgrounds, according to a new ANU study.

Professor Nicholas Biddle said the country’s vaccination program has stalled as a lack of uptake puts these groups at increased risk.

“The proportion of Australians with two doses who are on their third or fourth dose is low compared to many other countries,” Biddle said.

Younger people were also less likely to have had third and fourth vaccinations, as well as Australians who had already contracted the virus.

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