COVID-19: Children aged 5-11 now eligible for vaccination

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for January 10, 2022.

La vaccination est ouverte pour les enfants de 5 à 11 ans.

Source: AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi

  • Children aged five to 11-years-old are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as the beginning of the school year approaches.

  • Lieutenant General John Frewen says the majority of more than 10,000 vaccination locations are joining the rollout of the children's vaccine, encouraging parents to keep trying to find appointments amid concerns practitioners are booked out.

  • Scott Morrison has announced a new set of national guidelines that will allow close contacts in some vital industries to come out of isolation if they are fully vaccinated and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.  

  • In Queensland, students will return to school on February 7 instead of January 24, two weeks later than planned. 

  •  The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says NSW Health's decision to wind back self-isolation requirements means employers will be able to prioritise operational matters over the safety of workers.

  • In New South Wales there are 2,030 people in hospital with the virus, up from the 1,927 reported on Sunday and there are 159 people in ICU, up from 151.

  • In Victoria, the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Victoria has increased from 752 to 818 overnight.

  • In Queensland, there are now 419 people being treated in hospital with 21 in intensive care and seven of those are on a ventilator. 

  • In Victoria, a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory for workers in specific industries, the state's Health Minister Martin Foley announced today. 

  • New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced the procurement of an additional 50 million rapid antigen testing kits — taking the state’s total to 100 million.

  • The NSW government said it would later this week allow for rapid antigen test (RAT) results to be registered through the Service NSW app.

 A number of states have setup RAT registration forms. 

COVID-19 Stats:

New South Wales has found 20,293 cases via PCR tests and a record 18 deaths. NSW is yet to start publishing data from rapid antigen tests. 

Victoria has recorded 34,808 new cases and two more deaths.

Queensland has recorded at least 9,581 new cases of COVID-19, with authorities now counting PCR tests and positive rapid antigen test (RAT) results submitted by residents.

The ACT recorded 938 new cases, while Tasmania has reported 1,218 new cases. 

For measures currently in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in your language, visit .

Quarantine and restrictions state by state


 and Covid-19 and travel information 

Financial help

There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment once states reach 70 and 80 per cent fully vaccinated:  

Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

Testing clinics in each state and territory


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Published 10 January 2022 at 2:02pm