We have a National Roadmap, which includes COVID-19 vaccine coverage targets for the easing of restrictions. But how do children and adolescents fit into this, with regard the direct and indirect effects of Delta on their health and well-being?
Professor Sarath Ranganathan is the Stevenson Chair and Head, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Pediatric Respiratory Physician, Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Head of Respiratory Diseases Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Professor Sharon Goldfeld is Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Theme Director of Population Health and Co-Group Leader of Policy & Equity Research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
A/Professor Margie Danchin is a paediatrician within the Department of General Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), and a David Bickart Clinician Scientist Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. As leader of the Vaccine Uptake Group at MCRI, Margie is an immunisation expert with over ten years of experience in vaccine research and clinical work, in Australia and internationally.
Professor Nigel Curtis is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and clinician scientist. He is the leader of the Infectious Diseases Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Melbourne, and Head of Infectious Diseases at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Nigel is the Chief Principal Investigator of The BRACE Trial, a randomised controlled trial of BCG vaccination to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in healthcare workers that is recruiting over 10,000 participants in three continents.
Professor Fiona Russell is a paediatrician, epidemiologist and vaccinologist. She is Director of the Child and Adolescent Health PhD Program, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne; and Group Leader Asia-Pacific Health, MCRI. She advises WHO and DFAT on COVID-19 vaccine in the Asia-Pacific. She is a member of the WHO COVID-19 and Educational Institutions technical advisory group.