Children aged between 12 and 15 who are most at risk of the effects of coronavirus are now eligible to receive a Pfizer jab.

Eligibility for the age group has been expanded on Monday to allow Canberra children with a specified underlying medical condition, who has a disability or is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to book in for a vaccine.

Health minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the expansion of the ACT’s rollout to include vulnerable children comes after the TGA registered the vaccine for use in those aged over 12.

“This really lines up with the fact that we’ve got vaccinations open for people down to the age of 16, with a specified underlying medical condition, disability or who is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander so it really just extends that eligibility from 16 down to 12-years-old.”

“Specified medical conditions include severe asthma, diabetes, obesity, cardiac and circulatory congenital anomalies, neuro developmental disorders, epilepsy, immuno-compromised, trisomy 21 and significant disability, including everybody aged 12 and over who is an NDIS participant.

Bookings are open from Monday, however, The Health Minister warns there could be a bit of a wait after more than 21,000 people came forward for a vaccine appointment in a single day last week when the rollout was opened to the 30 to 39 year old age group.

“We do open up new booking every week, we open up some bookings to frontline workers and if those aren’t taken, they become available to the general public so it’s certainly worth checking back in to see if you can bring your appointment forward.”

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Bookings can also be made through participating general practitioners who can be found via the Commonwealth Government’s vaccine eligibility checker.

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