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COVID-19 vaccination for children

COVID-19 vaccination for children

Children aged 5 to 11 will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination from 17 January.

Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to protect their tamariki aged 5 to 11 against COVID-19, by being immunisated with a child (paediatric) formulation of the Pfizer vaccine.

The vaccine used for tamariki is a children’s version of the Pfizer vaccine, with a lower dose and smaller volume.

Tamariki need two doses of the vaccine to be fully protected. It is recommended that these are given at least 8 weeks apart. The interval can be shortened to a minimum of 21 days if needed, for example if your child is starting significant immunosuppression treatment.

The Ministry of Health recommends immunising your child to keep them safe and to help protect your whānau and community from COVID-19.

Young people aged 12 to 15 can get vaccinated now.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years