Sunday , September 19 2021

Should we vaccinate children against COVID-19? We asked 5 experts

Australia’s Therapeutic Products Administration (TGA) recently announced that it has granted provisional approval for the Pfizer vaccine for use in 12-15 year olds.

On Monday, we learned that the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) recommends that vaccinating should be given priority to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 12-15, those living in remote communities and those with underlying medical conditions.

Because COVID vaccine for children is such a hot topic, we asked five experts if we should vaccinate children in Australia against COVID-19.

Four out of five experts said yes

Here are their detailed answers:

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Asha Bowen is co-chair of the Australian and New Zealand Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ANZPID) group of the Infectious Diseases Society of Australia. It receives research funding from NHMRC.

Catherine Bennett has received NHMRC and MRFF funding and is an independent expert on the AstraZeneca advisory board.

Julian Savulescu receives funding from the Wellcome Trust. This work was supported by the UK Ethics Accelerator project funded by UKRI/AHRC, grant number AH/V013947/1.

Margie Danchin is a member of ATAGI’s working group on vaccine safety, evaluation, monitoring and trust.

Nicholas Wood has the NHMRC Career Development Scholarship and the Churchill Scholarship.

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