A date has been set to begin inoculating young children against COVID-19.
Children aged five to 11 will be included in the vaccine rollout and will be able to receive a dose from January 10.
It follows the federal government's announcement that the vaccine advisory group, ATAGI, has recommended the Pfizer dose for more than two million children.
At the weekend, the Therapeutic Goods Administration had previously approved of the vaccine, indicating there were no concerns for side effects beyond what is commonly experienced by adults.
In the United States, nearly five million children have had a first dose after they were added to the nation's rollout last month.
Meanwhile in Europe and the Middle East, children are expected to be receiving their vaccines soon.
In Australia children will face a longer wait time between the two doses of Pfizer.
While it was recommended that a minimal three weeks be waited for adults, younger children will be waiting at least eight weeks, according to ATAGI's recommendation.
Young children will also receive a third of the dose administered to the adult population.
Moderna is also seeking approval to join the rollout for younger children early next year.
Federal health minister Greg Hunt is strongly recommending children get vaccinated as soon as they are allowed to.
"We encourage all parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19," he said.
"Vaccinating children can [...] help reduce community transmission and help prevent children passing the virus on to younger siblings, grandparents, and the wider community."
As of late December, bookings can be made through state and territory clinics, GPs, pharmacies and Aboriginal Health Services.
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