Covid-19 vaccine Australia: TGA approves Pfizer jab for 12-15-year-olds

Australia’s medical watchdog has given the nation’s vaccine rollout a major boost as pressure mounts on the government to get the population protected.

Australia’s medical watchdog has approved the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt revealed the Therapeutic Goods Administration had made the landmark decision overnight.

“They will fast track vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds for the immunocompromised children or those with underlying health conditions and then they will review the incoming data over the next month on the general population,” Mr Hunt told Sunrise on Friday morning.

Mr Hunt said immunocompromised children and kids with underlying medical conditions would immediately added to the phase 1B of the vaccine rollout if the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) gives the second green light.

“It’s good news, it’s additional protection for those kids with underlying health conditions,” he said.

“The US is doing this for 12 to 15-year-olds and they are providing the world with very important safety data.”

More to come.

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