26 September 2023

Vaccine bookings open for youngsters

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Canberra’s youngest at-risk kids can now be booked in for their COVID-19 vaccine at the Weston Creek vaccination clinic.

Opening appointment bookings, Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the vaccinations would be available from Monday (5 September) for at-risk children aged from six months to under five years.

Ms Stephen-Smith said there were an estimated 1,300 ACT children in this age group who were now eligible for the Moderna (Spikevax) COVID-19 vaccine.

“These children are at a higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, so getting them vaccinated is an important protection,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“We encourage any parent or guardian with concerns about the vaccine or questions about eligibility to contact their GP or other health specialist for further advice.”

She said eligible babies and children needed two doses, eight weeks apart, “except for those who are severely immunocompromised and will require three doses, eight weeks apart”.

Ms Stephen-Smith said the Weston Creek vaccination clinic would have facilities available to make appointments comfortable for babies and children, including separate vaccination rooms, dimmable lighting and an accessible entry point.

“Parents and guardians can now book their child in to the ACT Government clinic by calling the ACT COVID-19 booking line on (02) 5124 3999 between 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday,” the Minister said.

“Bookings will also be available at some ACT General Practices.”

Bookings at participating GPs can be made using the Commonwealth’s Vaccine Clinic Finder at this PS News link.

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