Kids aged 5-11 can now get vaccinated as Qld delays return to school

Children aged between five and 11 are now eligible to get vaccinated in Australia as term one gets pushed back in Queensland.

Australia’s vaccine rollout has entered its next phase this morning, meaning around 2.3 million Aussie kids will be eligible to get their first dose.

Thousands of kids have been booked in for vaccine appointments in Queensland but there are concerns about supply shortages.


The federal government is confident they’ll be able to meet the demand.

It comes as Queensland announces a two week delay to the start of the school term to give parents more time to get their kids vaccinated.

Term One won’t start for a majority of kids until February 7, although skeleton staff will be on hand from January 24 to care for kids of essential workers.

Teachers are reportedly outraged by the plan, which sees them saddled with an extra week of work at the end of Term Four.

The Queensland Teachers Union says it doesn’t agree with the extension of the school year.

They’ll be holding urgent meetings throughout this week.

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