Hands Off Our Kids

Vaccinating children between the ages of 12- 15 years old has no benefit to stopping illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus
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The Doherty Institute’s Modelling Report found vaccinating children between the ages of 12- 15 years old has no benefit to stopping illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Why are state Chief Health Officers going against this health advice, when they followed other recommendations made in the report?
2nd September 2021

The Covid Medical Network Australia (CMN) is concerned with recent statements from Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Chief Health Officers (CHOs), conflicting with the Doherty Institute Modelling Report’s (1) recommendation that vaccination for children between 12 – 16 is inconsequential.

In late July 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia has a free and voluntary vaccination policy. In addition to this, all state Premiers, Territory Leaders, and the Federal government signed up to and declared the Doherty Report would provide a pathway out of the pandemic.

When it comes to children between the ages of 12-15 years old, The Doherty Report states that

“The potential benefit of immunising school children aged 12 – 15 years was also explored, the primary purpose in this “thought experiment” was to assess the impact of extending the vaccine eligibility down to age 12.”

On page 9 the report further asserts, “the impact achieved by expanding in aged eligibility was a reduction in transmission potential of zero or 0.1 across all allocation strategies and coverage thresholds. Based on these minimal impacts, it is anticipated that inclusion of 12 – 15-year-olds in the vaccine rollout as an early priority group would not materially change the expected overall health outcomes at each key vaccination threshold.”

“For a given level of vaccination, the total number of Australians who experience severe illness from COVID-19 will be similar regardless of whether the vaccination rate is achieved across the 12+ or 16+ population.” Bottom line: this means there is no benefit.

All leaders – including CHOs – have been praising the Doherty modelling as the gold standard in the way forward. What is alarming are the contradictory and personal statements coming out of State CHOs, in particular NSW’s CHO Kerry Chant:

“I firmly believe we need to get in and vaccinate our 12 – 15-year-olds. At the moment we vaccinate the 16-year-olds, but I’m keen to get into the 12–15-year-olds, personally. I believe in targeting school age children, in particular high school children very quickly, because we know they contribute to transmission.”

Let us ask the question: are state governments adhering to the Doherty Report when it comes to children or are they deferring to the personal views of their Chief Health Officers? What gives governments the right to vaccinate 12 -15-year-old children, especially in light of their previous adherence to the Doherty Report?

CMN would like to know, who and what is forming the basis of the CHOs decisions? Where is their scientific evidence? There is currently no data supporting vaccination of 12 – 15-year-olds

This concern is shared by CMN, parents, ethicists, multiple industry leaders, and communities Australia-wide. While there are no current policies mandating vaccines in children, we are very concerned that the government will over-reach, and we are warning communities to act now and say #hands off our kids

Parents have the right to reject a policy that may harm their child. Although we respect different opinions, in this case children do not pose any threat.

All of Australia’s children have a right to an education, likewise parents and family doctors have a right to speak out to protect these children.

CMN is asking all CHOs to reveal their sources and to disclose who the so-called “experts” are that they get their advice from. It is time for a community-led, cross-industry national public debate!



We are a group of senior medical doctors and health professionals who are concerned about the health impacts of the lockdowns used in response to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks in Victoria and across Australia.

We are also concerned about the lack of good information available to the general public and the misleading use of data. These factors have created an unwarranted state of fear in our community.

We aim to detail the harms of the lockdowns, describe clearly the virulence and risks of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, critique aspects of the management policies and make this information readily available to the general public.