Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged an announcement about COVID-19 vaccinations for Australia’s 1.2 million 12- to 15-year-olds after national cabinet’s meeting on Friday.
Australia’s medical regulator deemed the Pfizer vaccine safe for use in 12 to 15-year-olds in late July, and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation approved its use in 220,000 vulnerable children in that age group from August 9.
Mr Morrison pointed out on Thursday 1.8 million doses of vaccine had been delivered to eligible Australians over the past week so it should be possible to get the 12- to 15-year-old cohort done fairly quickly.
“[It] is a task that is certainly well within the capability of the vaccination program,” he said.
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Katina Curtis is a political reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based at Parliament House in Canberra.
Rachel Clun is a federal political reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, covering health.