COVID-19 vaccination for children

COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for children

All children aged 5 years and older are able to roll up for a COVID-19 vaccine, and now some children under 5 years are also eligible.

Children will receive a smaller dose of vaccine created specifically for their age group.

The recommended schedule for vaccination for children is 2 doses, 8 weeks apart. ATAGI advises (external link) that children with severe immunocompromise may require 3 doses as part of their primary vaccination course.

If your child has recently tested positive to COVID-19, they should wait 3 months before having a COVID-19 vaccination. Please discuss this with the clinic when booking your appointment.

Children aged 5 years and older

Walk in appointments are available at state-run community vaccination clinics, but you can also book online at your nearest state-run clinic, GP or pharmacy.

Children 6 months to 4 years

Some young children, aged 6 months to 4 years can now receive the paediatric Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, including those with:

Children aged under 5 years who are not in the specified risk categories are not recommended for COVID-19 vaccination, because these children have a very low likelihood of severe illness from COVID-19.

The paediatric Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be available at the Stan Perron Immunisation Centre at Perth Children’s Hospital, or through a number of GPs across Western Australia.

Booking your child’s vaccination appointment

To find a GP clinic near you, search the COVID Vaccine Clinic Finder.

To book an appointment at Perth Children’s Hospital, visit VaccinateWA or ring 13 COVID (13 26843).

If you are unable to visit Perth Children’s hospital, or do not live near the listed participating GP clinics, please complete the Further Assistance Required online form, email, or ring 13 COVID (13 26843), and a clinic nurse will help make alternative arrangements.

To find out how to register and book online at state-run clinics please see the HealthyWA COVID-19 vaccine online booking (VaccinateWA) FAQs (external link).

Why should I get my child vaccinated?

Dr Tinashe Chinzou explains why it’s so important children are protected from COVID-19.

Do children need to get the vaccine - Dr Tinashe Chinzou

Evidence shows vaccination offers excellent protection against COVID-19 in children. Even though COVID-19 in children is often milder than in adults, there’s strong evidence to support vaccinating children.

Vaccines give the immune system a helping hand to protect against serious illness and possible long-term effects from COVID-19. Vaccination also helps to protect friends, family and the community by reducing spread of the virus.

Want to cut through the misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines? Our experts answers some of the most common questions with good old-fashioned facts.

Preparing for a child’s vaccination

As a parent or guardian, there are some things you can consider before you take your child for their COVID-19 vaccine, to help make it a positive experience for them.

Remember, your child will need a second dose and they will receive other vaccines in the future.

If your child is anxious about receiving the vaccine or has additional needs, planning ahead and talking to them and your GP can help.

Children can receive additional support through vaccination centres if they are scared of needles, have a disability, behavioural difficulties or other needs.

What you need to bring

To make your child’s vaccination as smooth as possible, you will need to bring:

  • proof of your child’s age (e.g., their birth certificate, passport or school card)
  • your Medicare card, if you have one

Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will provide consent for vaccination.

What you can expect on the day

Some children might be anxious about getting their COVID-19 vaccine or being in a new environment - this is normal. Experienced staff trained to work with children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds will be on hand to give your child their vaccine.

Staff might use visual distractions or vaccination aids to help calm your child.

Having conversations with your child or dependant about vaccination

It’s natural for children to be curious and have lots of questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations. Here’s some tips for having conversations with your child or dependant:

  • Stay up to date with the latest information and advice through trusted health resources and websites.
  • Start a conversation and listen to your children’s response. Invite them to share what they have heard and acknowledge any fears they have about being vaccinated.
  • Be open about the vaccine and the vaccination process. Acknowledge the pain but put it into context. Depending on their age, you could liken getting a vaccine to having a superhero shield against disease.

More information is available from the Australian Government (external link).

Book online or call 13 COVID to book your COVID-19 vaccination