The supervisory authority weighs vaccinations under the age of 12


A critical step has been taken in getting a COVID-19 vaccine approved for children ages six to twelve.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a “preliminary ruling” to Moderna Australia regarding its COVID-19 vaccine, SPIKEVAX.

This means that Moderna can request a change in the provisional approval of its vaccine for use in children under 12 years of age.

SPIKEVAX is currently provisionally approved for use in people aged 12 and over.

In making its decision, the TGA considered evidence of a plan to provide comprehensive clinical data regarding use in children, the regulator said in a statement.

“Moderna Australia has now submitted preliminary approval data and the TGA is evaluating the use of SPIKEVAX in children aged six to 11,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee recommended a vaccination mandate for all disability workers. The addition of vaccinations should be a condition of entry into the homes of National Disability Insurance Scheme recipients.

The committee recommended making “limited” exceptions to this mandate.

Queensland reached an important milestone on Wednesday: 80.1 percent of people aged 16 and over have now received their first dose of vaccine.

This means Queenslanders no longer have to wear masks indoors, although people are still encouraged to wear them.

But it – and Western Australia – are lagging behind other states in the vaccination race, with double-dose totals of 68.3 and 67.9 percent, respectively.

Almost 82 percent of Australians are now fully vaccinated, while nearly 90 percent have received a single dose of the vaccine.

New figures show that 99.84 percent of those over 70 have now received a single dose, while 93.3 percent of this cohort are fully vaccinated.

As of Wednesday there were 1003 new cases of COVID in Victoria, with 14 deaths.

NSW registered 216 infections and three deaths, while there were nine cases in the ACT.

Three cases have been discovered in Queensland, one with no known connections to the Gold Coast, while the other has been linked to a cluster that began over the NSW border in Moree.

The third was a person who tested positive in hotel quarantine after arriving in the state on a flight from Melbourne.

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