Recently, the Australian Government has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged 12-16 years of age. The Pfizer vaccine is already approved for children older than 16 years of age.
The cardiologists at the Heart Centre for Children, Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) strongly recommend that all children aged 12-16 years of age be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine - this includes children with heart conditions.
Any risk associated with the Pfizer vaccine is far smaller than the risks of being infected with COVID-19. Being infected with COVID-19 following successful vaccination with Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be extremely effective in preventing serious illness. This is even more important in children with heart conditions. There is no information available to suggest that children with heart conditions are at any increased risk following the Pfizer vaccine.
Currently, the Government is prioritising children who have an increased risk of severe COVID-19, including children with heart conditions. You can find information on that here.
To show that your child is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, use a copy of your latest letter from your cardiologist. If you do not have a copy of a letter, then please contact your general practitioner first or alternatively contact the Heart Centre for Children, SCHN on 9845 2345 (Westmead) or 9382 1872 (Randwick).
For further information about COVID-19 on the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website, please click
Many people in our community are feeling worried about COVID-19.
Our team has developed some general information guides, which include contact numbers for the Heart Centre for Children, SCHN support team and various agency contact numbers and websites to support you during this difficult time.