COVID-19: Vaccinations for children

Children aged 5 years and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Children 16 years and older can choose whether they wish to have a COVID-19 vaccine and give consent. Children younger than 16 years of age cannot give consent and an adult with parental responsibility for the child must give consent for the child to have a vaccine. 

COVID-19 vaccines for children are not mandatory and parents and other caregivers who have parental responsibility for a child can decide. However, if separated parents or other caregivers cannot agree if their child should have a COVID-19 vaccine, an application may need to be made to the Family Court, for the court to decide. 

The following fact sheet has information about COVID-19 vaccinations for children and family law including when separated parents (or other caregivers) cannot agree on vaccinating their child. 

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WA Department of Health
Australian Department of Health 


Reviewed: 17 February 2022


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