COVID-19 vaccination programme update – Cabinet approve vaccine use for 12-15-year olds
Cabinet has now approved the use of the vaccine for 12-15-year olds. This follows Medsafe’s provisional approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds in NZ in June.
What does this mean?
From today, as parents or guardians become eligible to book for a vaccination, they can also book a vaccination for any 12-15-year olds in their whānau. This will make it more convenient for whole families to be vaccinated at the same time.
If people have already booked, they can take any 12-15-year old in their whānau along to their vaccination appointment and get them vaccinated at the same time.
How to book?
Bookings can be made by visiting BookMyVaccine.nz.
Where can they get vaccinated?
Young people aged 12–15-years will be able to access the vaccine through a variety of ways most convenient to them and their family/whānau. For example:
- At their general practice or community pharmacy.
- At a community vaccination centre.
- At other community-based sites, such as faith-based locations or marae.
Who can give informed consent?
Those aged between 12 and 15-years can provide informed consent for the vaccine, if deemed competent to do so. A parent or caregiver is also able to give informed consent on behalf of the young person.
How many are in this age bracket?
There is an estimated 265,000 people in the 12–15 years age bracket. There is enough Pfizer vaccine for everyone, including the 12–15-year-old age group.
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