COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children

This page provides details on available COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility for those vaccines for children aged from six months to eleven years.  See our COVID-19 Vaccines page for information on vaccinations for other age groups.

For children aged 6 months to under 5 years

The Moderna (Spikevax)  (blue/purple cap) vaccine is available to children aged six months to under five years in certain at-risk population groups. This includes young children with the following or similar conditions:

  • Severe primary or secondary immunodeficiency, including those undergoing treatment for cancer, or on immunosuppressive treatments as listed in the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) advice on third primary doses of COVID-19 vaccine in individuals who are severely immunocompromised
  • Bone marrow or stem cell transplant, or chimeric antigen T-cell (CAR-T) therapy
  • Complex congenital cardiac disease
  • Structural airway anomalies or chronic lung disease
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Chronic neurological or neuromuscular conditions or
  • A disability that requires frequent assistance with activities of daily living, such as severe cerebral palsy or Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21).

ATAGI recommends two primary doses, except for those with severe immunocompromise who require three primary doses. The recommended interval between each dose is eight weeks.

Children aged six months to under five years who are not listed in the eligible categories are at a low risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. They are not recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

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Accessing the vaccine in western Victoria

Due to the specialist nature of these vaccinations, a limited number of vaccinating clinics in western Victoria offer the six months to under five years vaccine.

Please note: clinics are listed in alphabetical order of suburb or town.

UFS Medical Centre Bridge Mall  Level 1, 40 Bridge Mall, Ballarat (03) 5327 0420
Springs Medical Daylesford 10 Hospital Street, Daylesford (03) 5348 2227
Gheringhap Medical Centre and  Skin Clinic Level 1, 21a Gheringhap Street, Geelong (03) 9088 4116
Health e Medical Centre 258 Shannon Avenue, Geelong West (03) 5223 9999
Grove Family Health 281 Torquay Road, Grovedale (03) 4245 2181
Hamilton Medical Group 20 Foster Street, Hamilton (03) 5572 2422
Wimmera Vaccination Clinic (Lister House) 4A Dimboola Street, Horsham (03) 5382 0011
Patrick Street Family Practice 8-22 Patrick Street, Stawell (03) 5358 7555
Cambourne Clinic 196A Liebig Street, Warrnambool (03) 5561 2077
Medical One 160 Colac Road, Waurn Ponds (03) 9284 3333

For children aged 5 to 11 years

Children aged five years can receive the Pfizer (Comirnaty) (orange cap) vaccine while children aged six to eleven years can be vaccinated with the Moderna (Spikevax) (red cap) vaccine.

ATAGI recommends that children in this age group receive two doses, administered eight weeks apart.  The dose interval can be shortened to a minimum of three weeks (for children who receive a Pfizer vaccine) or four weeks (for children who receive a Moderna vaccine) in special circumstances. A third primary dose is recommended for children in this age group who are severely immunocompromised. It is recommended they receive this dose at least eight weeks after their second dose.

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Last modified: 28 March, 2024