Parents hesitant of the jab could inevitably see their child banned from entering hospitality venues, retail and major events if the vaccine is approved for the age bracket.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the Therapeutic Goods Administration and a nation immunisation panel will decide whether the dosage for the younger population was “safe and effective”.
“We’ll always consult with childhood health experts and consider the best interests of our children before making a decisions,” he said, when asked whether the vaccine will be made compulsory for children in certain settings.
“We’re confident we’ll see a strong take-up among those aged five to 11 when the Commonwealth says it is safe to do so.”
The Victorian government has not ruled out banning unvaccinated children from the economy as they await advice from an expert panel on whether the jab should be mandated for kids aged 5 to 11-years-old. Picture: Getty Images
Unvaccinated kids between 12 to 15-years-old were given a reprieve from mandates starting on Tuesday so they could attend excursions, camps and graduations.
Parents and teachers had voiced concerns about groups of children missing out on major events leading up to the end of 2021.
The age group will also be able to hang with their friends at swimming pools and adventure parks, as long as there was a teacher supervising.
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Protesters take over Melbourne CBD
Health authorities also seemingly backflipped on vaccination rules around community sport.
Community sport was exempt from the mandate but a health directive said the exemption applied to premises where “space is being operate only for the purpose of conducting a community sport activity”.
But it meant gyms and recreation centres were turning away kids for different activities.
An estimated 100,000 protesters gathered in Melbourne CBD to protest vaccine mandates and the proposed pandemic bill on Saturday. Picture: Jason Edwards
Over recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of Victorians protested against vaccine mandates and the pandemic bill proposed by the Andrews government.
It’s estimated 100,000 demonstrators came out on Saturday – one of the largest rallies witnessed – to peacefully protest.
People could be seen holding signs such as “save the children” and “my body, my choice”.
Scott Morrison, state premiers in war of words over vaccine mandates
Major cities across the country saw thousands turn up at iconic landmarks to argue the need for compulsory jabs.
The federal government have suggested they will reject no-jab, no-play rules with Prime Minister Scott Morrison pushing states to ease vaccination mandates as double dose rates continue to climb between mid-80s to 90 per cent.
As of Sunday, 91.5 per cent of people age 16 and over across Australia have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 85.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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