Welcome to MVEC’s immunising children and infant’s webinar.
With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for ages 5-11 years scheduled to begin in early 2022, and vaccine clinical trials currently underway for children less than 5 years, it is important to upskill Victoria’s hub COVID-19 vaccine workforce. This specialised workforce have an established knowledge base on the fundamentals of immunisation, however to date experience has been limited to delivering vaccines to the adult population (> 12 years).
The aim of this webinar is to provide a theoretical overview of delivering vaccines to the paediatric population. Key considerations for immunising a paediatric population include:
- age-appropriate positioning for safe vaccination
- distraction tools for different age groups
- communication and consent
- recognition of AEFI and how they may present in a paediatric population
- required documentation
- identifying anatomical landmarks and correct sites for injection in infants and children (anterolateral thigh and the deltoid)
- strategies to manage difficult immunisation encounters.
Supporting resources are available in the Materials section above.
A recording of this webinar can be accessed via the course content below.
- MVEC: Immunising Children and Infants Guidebook
- MVEC: Administration of injected vaccines- correct technique
- MVEC: COVID-19 vaccination in children
- MVEC: COVID-19 vaccine FAQs: allergies, pre-existing conditions and children
- MVEC: COVID-19 vaccine FAQs: mRNA vaccines
- MVEC: Injection site reactions
- MVEC: Identifying AEFI in diverse skin colour
- MVEC: Myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 mRNA vaccines
- MVEC: Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration
- MVEC: Victorian council immunisation sessions