Territory children aged 5 – 11 years old can now receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in a significant milestone for the vaccine rollout.
More than 3,200 Territory kids are already booked in to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine this month through NT Health vaccination centres.
NT Health will also be vaccinating 5-11 year olds in Pirlangimpi, Milikapiti, Jabiru, Julanimawu, Nauiyu (Daly River), Belyuen, Papunya, Mt Liebig, Milyakburra, Angurugu, Alyangula and Umbakumba this month.
It is recommended children in this demographic receive two doses of the paediatric vaccine, eight weeks apart.
The dose for the 5 – 11 age group is one third of the amount for people aged 12 and above.
Territorians have done an outstanding job with more than 95% aged 16 and above fully vaccinated.
80% of Territorians aged 12 – 15 have received their first dose, and 68 % are fully vaccinated.
Children aged 5 – 11 will also be able to receive their vaccination at pharmacies, ACCHOs, GPs and NTG vaccination centres.
To book online, please visit: here.
Quotes from Chief Minister Michael Gunner:
“This is a big step for the Territory and for Australia – vaccinating our kids means we are adding an extra layer of protection to some of our most vulnerable.
“Thousands of Territory kids can now roll up their sleeves to receive their first dose of the vaccine. If you’re a mum, dad or carer, now is the time to book your little one in.”
Quotes from Minister for Health Natasha Fyles:
“It’s outstanding to see so many Territory kids ready to receive their first dose so they can have the best possible protection.
“Getting vaccinated is the best tool to protect yourself and your loved ones, as well as the broader community.”