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NT students to get Pfizer at school from this week


Northern Territory students will start getting their coronavirus vaccinations in the classroom from today as the push for all Territorians to be double jabbed by the Christmas continues.

In September, the Northern Territory became the first jurisdiction in the country to offer the Pfizer vaccine to all children aged between 12 and 15.

It means anyone aged 12 or older now has access to the Pfizer vaccine, including those aged over 60.

Health Minister Natasha Fyles says more than 1500 vaccines have been given to kids to date and more than 70 per cent of the eligible population in the Territory has now had at least one jab.

The school vaccination program will cover both public and non-public schools and will be conducted by the health department.

"Families are always busy, and there is a lot going on.

"We want to make it as easy for families as possible," Ms Fyles says.

The vaccination program is being rolled out across schools from today, and will be offered throughout September and October.

However, Ms Fyles is assuring families that no jab can be administered without consent from a child's parent.

"All the forms are provided to parents so they understand, and consent has to be provider.

Minister for Education Lauren Moss says the program is safe and is being run by a highly-experienced vaccination team.

"They have been rolling out these sorts of programs for many decades across the education system.

"It is really fantastic to see everyone setting up in this space to ensure that our child and young people are protected as well," Ms Moss says.