26 September 2023

Pfizer shot aimed at WA’s younger group

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The Department of Health says Western Australians aged 30 to 39 now have an opportunity to secure Pfizer vaccinations, with more appointments available to book.

Chief Health Officer, Dr Andy Robertson said people in this age group should visit the Roll up for WA website, create a profile and book an appointment.

Dr Robertson said while statistics showed there were 395,719 Western Australians aged 30 to 39, only about 30,000 had booked a vaccination appointment.

“Now the remainder of the State’s 30 to 39 year olds can take their opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” he said.

“It’s also vital that people continue to be COVID safe and sign in at all venues using their SafeWA app or a paper register.”

Dr Robertson said there had been 1,261,520 COVID-19 vaccinations administered across the State and, of those, 416,278 were second doses.

“COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across Western Australia, with locations listed on the HealthyWA website,” he said.

“In addition, children aged 12 to 15 with specific medical conditions, who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, or who live in remote communities, are eligible for the Pfizer vaccination.”

The Chief Health Officer said specific medical conditions that increased children’s risk of severe COVID-19 included severe asthma, diabetes, obesity, cardiac and circulatory congenital anomalies, neuro developmental disorders, epilepsy, immuno-compromise and trisomy 21.

“Evidence of the child’s medical condition (for example, a doctor’s letter) is required to prove their eligibility,” he said.

“Parents are encouraged to contact their GP to discuss further,” Dr Robertson said.

COVID-19 vaccination bookings can be accessed on the Roll up for WA website at this PS News link and the HealthyWA website can be accessed at this link.

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