How can we know the vaccines are safe for children when only a small number of children around the world have received it?
Transcript of How can we know the vaccines are safe for children when only a small number of children around the world have received it?
So we know that the COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for children aged between the ages of 5 and 11.
The clinical trial in children in this age group in over 3,100 children showed that the vaccine was safe and that those common and expected side effects did not occur more commonly than the older adolescents and young children.
Now the vaccine has been given to millions of children internationally, particularly in the United States, and we have not seen a vaccine safety signal, particularly looking for any rare and more serious adverse events, such as myocarditis or the inflammation of the heart and pericarditis, or the inflammation of the lining around the heart.
So we now feel confident that the vaccine can be recommended and given to Australian children aged 5 to 11 and that it is safe and effective.