The ACT’s vaccination rollout has taken another step forward with Pfizer vaccination bookings opening at Government clinics for kids aged 12 to 15 from Monday 20 September.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said protecting this age group against COVID-19 is a critical part of the Territories roadmap out of lockdown.

“Giving 12-to-15-year old’s the ability to book at an ACT Government mass vaccination clinic will help us get more Canberrans vaccinated faster and it will also help the Territory reach our vaccination targets faster.

“While there is a lower risk of severe disease in children, we have seen through our current outbreak the potential for the Delta variant to spread through school-aged children.”

Canberrans aged 12 years and over were included in the Territory’s vaccination target in late August.

Locals are being warned there could be a wait for Pfizer appointments at government-run clinics though, as only a small amount are currently available before November.

But Minister Stephen-Smith said there are other options for that age group to get protected sooner.

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“There are two vaccines approved for 12-to-15-year old’s in Australia, with Pfizer available from participating GPs already, and Moderna expected to be available from participating pharmacies from 20 September.

“People should consider checking with GPs and pharmacies to secure a Pfizer or Moderna vaccination through the Commonwealth’s primary care program… The fastest path to getting your children vaccinated may be talking to your trusted health professional.”

Health authorities hope more appointments will be released as supply increases.

Pfizer appointments are already available for 12-to-15-year old’s at GPs across the country.

There are around 25,000 Canberrans in this age group.

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