TGA approves Pfizer jab for 12-15-year-olds
Australia’s medical watchdog has accredited 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 determination in a single day.
“They will fast-track vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds for 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 advised Sunrise on Friday morning.
Mr Hunt stated immunocompromised kids and children with underlying medical situations would instantly added to the part 1B of the vaccine rollout if the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) offers the second inexperienced mild.
“It’s good news, it’s additional protection for those kids with underlying health conditions,” he stated.
“The US is doing this for 12 to 15-year-olds and they are providing the world with very important safety data.”
The nation’s newest Covid-19 outbreaks in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have seen clusters emerge at a number of faculties.
Dozens of scholars have examined constructive to the virus in Victoria from Trinity Grammar, St Patrick’s Primary School and Bacchus Marsh Grammar.
In Brisbane, a 12-year-old boy examined constructive after getting back from the United States along with his mum in June. He is believed to have contracted the virus in Sydney, the place he accomplished resort quarantine.
Hundreds of scholars in Sydney’s jap suburbs had been additionally caught up within the outbreak after 4 college students from South Coogee Public School examined constructive for Covid-19 in late June.
The federal authorities has come below growing stress over Australia’s sluggish vaccine rollout because the nation battles outbreaks on a number of fronts.
Sydney’s outbreak has ballooned to 1648 circumstances, whereas Melbourne’s has reached 133 infections.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologised to the nation on Thursday for the sluggish vaccine rollout and stated the federal government was attempting to repair the issues.
“I’m sorry that we haven’t been able to achieve the marks that we had hoped for at the beginning of this year,” he stated.
“I take responsibility for the vaccination program. I also take responsibility for the challenges we’ve had.”
Mr Hunt stated he anticipated the Pfizer jab to be accessible to Australians aged below 40 in September or by early October.
“We have just increased our Pfizer intake from over 500,000 a couple of weeks ago to 1 million, which has arrived in the last week,” he stated.
“That is what we are expecting to receive per week over the period from now until the end of September and then it will increase again.”
Mr Hunt stated Australia was now administering greater than 1 million doses of the vaccine per week.