Coronavirus Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccinations (5-17yrs)

The Australian Government and Life Without Barriers (LWB) supports COVID-19 vaccination as an important way to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our community, including children and young people. The decision-making process for a child or young person in care (including foster and kinship care) to receive a COVID-19 vaccination can involve many key people, including the young person.

When a child or young person in your care has received any COVID-19 vaccination, it’s important you report it to your LWB Key worker so we can keep a record of this vaccination (this could be your Case Manager or Child and Family Practitioner).

State by State Regulations

State Regulation
VIC Young people aged 12-17 years can provide their own consent if deemed to be a mature minor by a senior and experienced immuniser. If not, a parent or guardian can provide consent. For those aged 5-11 years, a parent or guardian can consent. Details here.
NSW Young people aged 14-17 years can provide consent if they have capacity to make an informed decision. If not, it is the Parent/Authorised Carer/Guardian. For those under 14 years, the Parent/Authorised Carer/Guardian can provide consent. Details here.
WA The Department is responsible for all decisions regarding immunisation.
QLD Young people aged 16 years and over can provide their own consent if they have capacity to make an informed decision (LWB must inform the Department) If not, the Guardian can provide consent (depending on court order). For those under 16 years, the Authorised Carer can provide consent for young person where the Department holds guardianship. Contact your LWB Key Worker.
SA Young people aged 16 years and over can provide their own consent. For those under 16 years, the Authorised Carer can provide consent.
TAS The Secretary of the Department of Communities Tasmania has provided generic consent for all children aged 5-17 years under his care to be vaccinated. Carers should support children and young people to receive their vaccination.

To make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for a child or young person, go to the Australian Government's Vaccination Clinic Finder.

Tips for talking with children and young people about COVID-19 Vaccinations

If a child or young person is unsure about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, here are tips that may be helpful in having these conversations:

  • First and foremost, remain neutral and acknowledge and respect a child’s viewpoint.
  • It’s great they have a view, and they are sharing it with you!
  • Ask them what they know about vaccinations and what influenced their point of view.
  • Remember, children are often influenced by peers and social media. It is important to acknowledge that the points of view of peers, family and social media are important to them, while also providing alternative accurate health information.
  • Provide reliable health information regarding vaccination, such as the resources in this guide. Read through this information with the child and assist to research any tricky questions they may ask.
  • Provide reassurance, offer help and consider what practical assistance they may need.
  • For example, do they have a trusted relationship with a health practitioner or are they fearful of needles? What can you do to be a source of strength for the child or young person?

Child-friendly resources

There are many great resources available to support talking with children and young people about the COVID-19 vaccine. See links below:

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