Covid-19 vaccination booking for children aged 5-11 to start next week if delivery on time: Chan Chun Sing

Starting with those in Primary 3-5.

Nigel Chua | December 14, 2021, 11:54 AM

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It was announced earlier this month that children aged five to 11 will be able to receive paediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine.

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing gave an update on the possible timeline for this, in a Facebook post on Dec. 14.

Chan said that if the delivery of vaccine doses is on schedule, vaccination appointments will be opened up as soon as next week, and the vaccination exercise will start from end-Dec. 2021.

Vaccination for those in Primary 3-5 first

Chan said that vaccination for those in Primary 3-5 would begin first, with the younger eligible children to be vaccinated in "early 2022".

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is working closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) to get ready for the vaccination exercise, he said.

Chan said that vaccination will be offered to more than 300,000 children. This includes those who are long-term pass holders in Singapore.

An update would be given when details of the delivery are confirmed, said Chan.

"Vaccination against Covid-19 will help minimise the chances of our children getting seriously ill if they do get infected, especially with the latest Omicron variant of concern," said Chan.

He added that with more children getting vaccinated, we will be able to resume learning activities, sports and games, saying that these are critical to children's physical, cognitive and socio-emotional well-being and development.

You can see his post here:

Top image via Chan Chun Sing on Facebook

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