COVID-19 booster dose for Aussie kids? Here’s what ATAGI says

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COVID-19 booster dose for Aussie kids? Here’s what ATAGI says

 COVID-19 booster dose for Aussie kids? Here’s what ATAGI says
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Highlights

  • According to ATAGI, adolescents aged 12-15 years do not require a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
  • COVID-19-related severe illness is very rare in adolescents in the age group of 12-15, and a primary series of vaccination is enough
  • In Australia, females in the age group of 20-29 years have reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases

Australian kids aged 12-15 years can wait further before taking their booster doses for COVID-19. After the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted approval to booster dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised that adolescents aged 12-15 years do not require a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 

Based on reviewed evidence on the advantages and risks of a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, ATAGI suggested that COVID-19-related severe illness is rare in adolescents aged 12-15 and receiving a primary series of vaccination is enough.  

ATAGI will continue to review international evidence on the efficiency of a booster dose in this age group, including those with underlying medical conditions. 

Do read: COVID-19: What’s the buzz around fourth booster jab?

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However, the institute strongly recommends two primary doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including for those who were earlier afflicted by the virus. Similarly, it recommends three primary doses for immunocompromised people.

In the last week of March, ATAGI recommended an extra booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for certain classes of people, especially those at the highest threat of serious sickness from the notorious virus.

As of 13 April 2022, there are 458,546 active COVID-19 cases in Australia with 47,730 cases acquired in the last 24 hours. Data based on age group and sex revealed that females in the age group of 20-29 years reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Also read: Decoding the logic behind Covid-19 booster jab

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