A first booster of a COVID-19 vaccination is now available for Western Australians aged 12 to 15 years old who are at increased risk of severe COVID-19.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (external link) (ATAGI) recommends that a first booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may be given to children aged 12-15 years who have received their last vaccination 3 or more months ago if they:
- are severely immunocompromised (external link)
- have a disability with significant or complex health needs
- have complex and/or multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19.
Depending on personal health circumstances, the first booster dose for children aged 12 to 15 years will either be their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or a fourth dose. ATAGI does not recommend that a first booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine be given to otherwise healthy children aged 12 to 15 years at this time.
Some state-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the Perth metropolitan area offer additional support (external link) for people including low sensory environments, and visits from a therapy dog, upon a booking request. Parents and guardians can complete the Further Assistance Required (external link) online form if they have a child who requires additional support.
To stay safe during the winter months, all Western Australians, including children aged 12-15 years, should receive a flu vaccination (external link), which is free for all Western Australians for the month of June. COVID-19 vaccinations can be administered on the same day as flu vaccinations.
People who have had a recent infection of COVID-19, should delay their next dose until 3 months after their infection.
For more information, speak to a GP or health professional.
To book a vaccination appointment, visit Roll up for WA (external link).