CHILDREN between the ages of five and 11 will be able to receive their first coronavirus vaccine from Monday.
Bendigo Health, pharmacies, and GPs will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to children after bookings opened a week ago.
Five to 11-year-olds will receive a smaller dose of the vaccine created specifically for their age group.
The children will then be eligible for their second dose after eight weeks, unless there are special circumstances.
Acting Premier Jacinta Allan said across state-run clinics, there were 35,322 children booked in for their first jab. There were still more than 46,000 appointments available in the state system.
"As soon as those spots are taken, we'll be able to add more into the system," Ms Allan said.
The Member for Bendigo East said there would be support available for children with mild anxiety about vaccination, as well as children with developmental disabilities, autism, or sensory needs.
The Victorian Specialist Immunisation Service will also be available for children who need specialist support.
"There's been a lot of work done to support children and their parents to make the vaccination experience a really good one for children," Ms Allan said.
"Getting your child vaccinated is so important. It helps protect them - particularly as they start to prepare for their return to school.
"It also provides extra protection within family units, and particularly for families who regularly engage with older relatives.
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