COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 - 11 years old

COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for children aged 5–11.

Children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible to roll up for a COVID-19 vaccine at state run clinics, GPs, and pharmacies.

Children will receive a smaller dose of vaccine created specifically for their age group. The recommended schedule for vaccination in this age group is 2 doses, 8 weeks apart. The interval can be shortened to a minimum of 3 weeks in special circumstances, for higher risk groups (such as those with medical risk factors for severe illness) in the context of ongoing community transmission. Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss this with their GP.

ATAGI advises (external link) that children aged 5-11 years who are severely immunocompromised are recommended to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of their primary course of vaccinations 2-4 months after their second dose.

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.

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).

Booking your child’s vaccination appointment

If you’re booking your child or dependant’s vaccination appointment at a state-run clinic, you need to book through VaccinateWA (external link) via your own account, and add them as a dependant. Step-by-step instructions on how to do this are available on the HealthyWA website (external link), under ‘Registering and booking online for a child or dependant’.

If you’re booking your child or dependant’s vaccination appointment at a GP or pharmacy, you should contact these providers directly.

Clown doctors at Claremont COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The Humour Foundation (external link) is sending in the clown doctors to the Claremont COVID-19 vaccination clinic during April.

Clown doctors are medical clowns who are highly trained, professional performers who help to share laughter for kids throughout hospitals, clinics, and the community.

If you are feeling anxious about receiving a vaccination, or would just like to have a laugh with the friendly clown doctors while you wait, come along and visit.

The clown doctors will be at the clinic each Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9-11 am and 12-2 pm throughout April. (Please note, clown doctors will not attend on Easter Friday, 15 April)

A father and his two children with the clown doctors

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 a number of 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. You can also provide your child with a signed consent form (external link) to take to their appointment if you cannot attend.

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.

An experienced immuniser trained to work with children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds will be on hand to give your child their vaccine.

If your child is overly nervous, immunisers 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