Australia rolls out Moderna covid vaccine for at risk children under five

Australia rolls out Moderna covid vaccine for at risk children under five Volodymyr Maksymchuk/Shutterstock.com

Australia will now begin to use the Moderna covid vaccine for at risk children under five, as reported on Wednesday, August 3.

Australia’s approval to use the Moderna covid vaccine for at risk children under five was announced by Mark Butler, Australia’s Labor’s Minister for Health, who confirmed the purchasing of 500,000 Moderna vaccines specifically for a risk children aged between six months and five years old.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 6 months to five years “with severe immunocompromise, disability, and those who have complex and/or multiple health conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19.”

According to ATAGI, these include the following or similar conditions:

“Severe primary or secondary immunodeficiency, including those undergoing treatment for cancer, or on immunosuppressive treatments as listed in the ATAGI advice on 3rd primary doses of COVID-19 vaccine in individuals who are severely immunocompromised.”

“Bone marrow or stem cell transplant, or chimeric antigen T-cell (CAR-T) therapy. Complex congenital cardiac disease. Structural airway anomalies or chronic lung disease. Type 1 diabetes mellitus.”

“Chronic neurological or neuromuscular conditions or a disability that requires frequent assistance with activities of daily living, such as severe cerebral palsy or Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21).”

The current recommendation for the Moderna vaccine is for two doses with an interval of eight weeks, however it is recommended that children with the aforementioned conditions, are given three doses.

The news has seen mixed reactions on Twitter:

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The news of Australia approving the Moderna covid vaccine for at risk children under five follows the Prime Minister of Spain announcing that 250 million HIPRA covid vaccines are set to be sold in a new European contract, as reported on Tuesday, August 2.


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