Regulator weighs vaccines for children under 12


A crucial step has been taken towards the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 to 12.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has granted a “provisional determination” to Moderna Australia regarding its COVID-19 vaccine, SPIKEVAX.

This means Moderna can apply to change the interim approval of its vaccine for use in children under 12.

Currently, SPIKEVAX is provisionally approved for use in persons 12 years of age or older.

In making its decision, the TGA took into account evidence of a plan to submit comprehensive clinical data regarding use in children, the regulator said in a statement.

“Moderna Australia has now submitted data for provisional approval and the TGA is evaluating the use of SPIKEVAX in children six to 11 years old,” he said.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Senior Health Protection Committee has recommended a mandate for vaccination for all disability support workers, adding that vaccinations should be a condition of entry into the homes of beneficiaries of the National Health Care Plan. Disability Insurance.

The committee recommended that exemptions from this mandate be “limited”.

Queensland took a milestone on Wednesday, with 80.1% of people aged 16 and over now having received their first dose of the vaccine.

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

But she – 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% of people over the age of 70 have now received a single dose, while 93.3% of this cohort are fully vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, there were 1,003 new cases of COVID in Victoria, with 14 deaths.

NSW recorded 216 infections and three deaths while there were nine cases in ACT.

There have been three cases detected in Queensland, one with no known link on the Gold Coast, while the other has been linked to a cluster that started over the NSW border in Moree.

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


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