COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11

All South Australians aged 5 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccination is the best way to reduce your child’s risk of becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

Read the Frequently asked questions: Parents and legal guardians (PDF 185KB) for more information.

To help explain COVID-19 vaccination to your children or for your child to learn more information themselves, see:

COVID-19 risk for children

COVID-19 in young children is generally mild, however it is possible that your child could become severely ill and have long term effects if they catch COVID-19.

Children with pre-existing conditions are at greater risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including children with type 1 diabetes, obesity, a history of prematurity, heart disease, immunocompromising conditions, and complex and chronic illnesses.

While COVID-19 can be mild in children, they can increase the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Overseas, an increase in transmission of the COVID 19 virus is occurring in schools and more frequently in younger children.

Australia, like many other countries across the world, has seen higher numbers of adolescents and children becoming infected. Adolescents and adults now have similar rates of infection.

Vaccination will help protect your child, your family and the community and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It will also reduce your child’s risk of becoming seriously unwell.

The vaccines work by teaching your child’s body to fight illness so that they don’t become sick or their symptoms aren’t as bad if they do get sick. This also means they are less likely to pass COVID-19 onto other people.

Getting vaccinated

Children aged 5 to 11 can now get their paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at most SA Health vaccination clinics (including some mobile clinics), and selected GPs, Respiratory Clinics and pharmacies.

If your child has an underlying medical condition or disability, you should discuss their vaccination with their treating doctor or specialist. A list of eligible conditions is available on our underlying medical conditions page.

Doses

Your child will receive two doses of vaccine, 8 weeks apart. The timing between vaccines can be shortened to a minimum of 3 weeks in special circumstances.

The vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 is a third of a dose already given to people 12 and over.

Side effects

Your child might experience some side effects after their vaccine, but these are usually mild and only last for a couple of days. Side effects can include pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, a headache, general aches and pains or a fever. These are common and expected reactions.

You can discuss any concerns or questions you have about COVID-19 vaccination with your immunisation provider and/or your GP before your child receives the vaccine.

Book your child’s appointment

To book for your child’s first and second dose, visit our booking your appointment page.

Further information

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website, which also has a range of information if you speak a language other than English.

For information about the use of the COVID-19 vaccines in South Australia, visit covidvaccine.sa.gov.au or call the SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787.

Resources

Australian Government

SA Health