Covid vaccine for children, Nick Coatsworth advises against strict vaccine mandates for under 12s

A former deputy chief medical officer has lashed out against vax mandates for children and teenagers, saying potential rules could be of “deep concern”.

Former deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth has called on state governments to exempt children from mandatory vaccination laws, warning there is emerging evidence that getting jabbed should remain a choice for parents of under 12s.

Children as young as six could soon be offered the Moderna jab after Australia’s vaccine watchdog announced the brand has been granted provisional determination.

But Dr Coatsworth, who was the “face” of the nation’s Covid response and vaccine rollout campaign in taxpayer-funded advertisements, has cautioned against the rush to vaccinate younger children.