Tas may delay school year for vaccines

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Tasmania is considering pushing back the start of the school year to give primary school students the chance to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Premier Peter Gutwein said he expects the Therapeutic Goods Administration to approve a vaccine for five to 11 year olds in January or early February.

Students across the island state will return to school from the summer break on February 8, 2022.

"If that vaccination is approved, we will prioritise and we will roll that out as quickly as we can through January," Mr Gutwein told parliament on Tuesday.

"If it means we need to delay the start to the school year by having children turn up to get vaccinated, as opposed to going into their classrooms ... we will do that, if that is what the public health advice is."

More than 83 per cent of Tasmanians aged over 12 have had both vaccine doses, while 91 per cent have had one jab.

The state government is targeting 90 per cent by the time Tasmania opens its borders on December 15.

All fully vaccinated people will be allowed in, provided they've had a negative test within 72 hours of travelling. Those visiting from low-risk areas are exempt.

Mr Gutwein said he was confident all Tasmanians over 12 have now had the chance to get the vaccination.

Tasmania's Labor opposition says Mr Gutwein needs to make a firm call quickly.

"The statement ... by the premier needs to be clarified. Tasmanians need to know if the school start date will be pushed back and parents need to be communicated with," Labor MP Josh Willie said.

"Ensuring there aren't disruptions to Tasmanian children and their education should be of the highest priority."

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