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  • What are the COVID-19 vaccines recommended for children?
  • Are there any children who shouldn’t get vaccinated?
  • Could my child/ward use different types of vaccine?
  • Will my child/ward still receive the Moderna/Spikevax vaccine if he/she turns 5 on the day of the first appointment?
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty’s dosage for persons aged 12 years and above is higher than the dosage for persons aged 5 to 11 years. What dosage will my child/ward receive if he turns 12 years between his vaccine doses?
  • If my child/ward was infected with COVID-19 but was unvaccinated or partially vaccinated at the point of infection, is he/she recommended to continue with COVID-19 vaccination? If so, when should he/she take the vaccine?
  • What is the recommended interval between doses in children below 12 years old?
  • Can my child/ward choose to take the vaccination later?
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General Information

 What are the COVID-19 vaccines recommended for children? 
 A: Children aged 6 months to 4 years - 2 doses, Moderna/Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine. 

Children aged 5 years to 17 years - 3 doses, Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine.

Children who were aged below 5 years who had completed their vaccination, should receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine after they turn 5, and 5 months from their last vaccine dose.

These would be doses that were previously referred to as the primary vaccination series and the first booster.
 Are there any children who shouldn’t get vaccinated?
 A: There is no category of children or teens who absolutely shouldn’t get the vaccine, unless they have a known allergy to other vaccines or one of the vaccine’s components.

People with weakened immune systems, either from illness or medication, may still receive the vaccine because it isn’t a live vaccine i.e. a vaccine that uses a weakened form of a germ to prompt an immune response.

There have been reports of allergic reactions to the vaccine, but these occurrences are very rare.

Vaccine recipients are monitored for 30 minutes after receiving the injection in case of any allergic reaction. Children and teens with other types of allergies outside of those related to vaccines can feel safe receiving the vaccine.

Children or teens who recently received other vaccinations should wait two weeks before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you child has any medical condition that is not stable or is getting worse, he or she should postpone the vaccination until the medical condition is better controlled.

If your child has cancer and is on active chemotherapy, you should consult your child’s cancer specialist to discuss if or when your child can be vaccinated.

Parents are always encouraged to speak with their teen’s or child’s doctor/pediatrician if they have any questions or concerns.
 Could my child/ward use different types of vaccine?
 A: Children aged 6 months to 4 years should receive two doses of Moderna/Spikevax and not use different vaccines for the two doses.

Children aged 5 years to 17 years should receive three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty and not use different vaccines for the three doses.

Those who received two doses of Moderna/Spikevax when they were below 5 years, will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine for their third dose.
 Will my child/ward still receive the Moderna/Spikevax vaccine if he/she turns 5 years on the day of the first appointment?
 A: Children who turn 5 years on the day of their first appointment will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine for children aged between 5 to 11 years. 

Those who received the Moderna/Spikevax vaccine when they were below 5 years will continue to receive the same vaccine and dosage their second dose, even if they have turned 5 years between the first and second vaccine doses. 
 The Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty’s dosage for persons aged 12 years and above is higher than the dosage for persons aged 5 to 11 years. What dosage will my child/ward receive if he turns 12 years between his vaccine doses?
 A: Those who received the dosage for persons aged 5 to 11 years for their first dose will continue to receive the same dosage for their second dose, even if they have turned 12 years between the first and second vaccine doses. 

Those who turn 12 years before their third dose will, for the dose, receive the dosage for persons aged 12 years and above. 
 If my child/ward was infected with COVID-19 but was unvaccinated or partially vaccinated at the point of infection, is he/she recommended to continue with COVID-19 vaccination? If so, when should he/she take the vaccine?
 A: Children aged 5 to 17 years who had a documented infection before receiving any COVID-19 vaccine should receive two Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine doses after their infection. Otherwise, they are recommended to complete a total of three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine.
Children aged 6 months to 4 years who had a documented infection before receiving any COVID-19 vaccine are recommended to receive one Moderna/Spikevax vaccine dose after their infection. Otherwise, they are recommended to complete a total of two doses of the Moderna/Spikevax vaccine.

Persons who are infected and due for vaccination may receive the vaccination from 28 days after the infection, although they are recommended to do so three months from the infection for better effectiveness.
Persons who are tested positive on a self-administered antigen rapid test (ART) would not have an official record of his/her infection. They should proceed to complete their vaccination and it is safe to do so.
 What is the recommended interval between doses in children below 12 years old?
 A: For children aged 6 months to 4 years, the recommended interval between two doses of the Moderna/Spikevax vaccine is eight weeks.

For children aged 5 to 17 years, the recommended interval between the first and second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine is eight weeks. The recommended interval between the second and third dose is five months.
 Can my child/ward choose to take the vaccination later?
A: We encourage all medically eligible children to take up the vaccine when offered to them. COVID-19 can result in severe disease, even in children without pre-existing medical conditions. Vaccination have been shown to substantially reduce the likelihood of severe disease when one is infected.

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