First booster COVID-19 vaccinations available for eligible 12 to 15 year olds

News story
Children aged 12 to 15 years who are immunocompromised, have a disability, or have complex health needs are eligible for a first booster of a COVID-19 vaccination.

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:

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).

Page reviewed 27 July 2022