Guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations for children and young people in out-of-home care 17 January 2022

- OFFICIAL DFFH ADVICE - issued 17 January 2022



Vaccination is a critical step in keeping our community safe, including our most vulnerable children, young people, and families.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free.

This guidance provides information about eligibility, access, and consent for  COVID-19 vaccine for children and young people in care.


COVID-19 Vaccine eligibility for children and young people


Vaccine eligibility may change over time, and advice will be updated accordingly on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website <>.  

Currently, children aged 5 to 11 years can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. They will receive a smaller dose of the vaccine created specifically for this age group.

Young people aged 12 to 17 years are eligible to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Young people aged 18 years and over can receive the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines.

Third dose vaccines are only available for those 18 years and over at this time.

Information about how to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is available at Book your vaccine appointment <>.


Find the official advice here - Guidance_for_COVID-19_vaccinations_for_children_and_young_people_in_out-of-home_care_170122.pdf


Also available at the end of the information on the DFFH website here: 

Vaccination for children and teenagers | Coronavirus Victoria