Vaccinating Your Child

COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19.

Although fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, they can, in some cases, become seriously ill from COVID-19 complications or develop long-term health problems. This is specially so if they have underlying medical conditions.

If your child is not vaccinated, they could carry the virus and spread it to others. Vaccination protects them and makes them less likely to infect others, including you and vulnerable family members like older relatives or persons with weakened immune systems.

Vaccination gives you and your child peace of mind to return to more typical activities like in-person schooling and participating in extracurricular activities.

Is the vaccine safe for children?

Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has asessed that the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine is safe for use on adolescents aged 12 years to 15 years.

Based on the clinical trials for this group, the vaccine has demonstrated a high vaccine efficacy consistent with that observed in the adult population.

Its safety profile is also consistent with the known safety profile in the adult population and the standards set for other registered vaccines used in the immunisation against other diseases.

For children below the age of 12, trials are still ongoing.

Who is eligible?

All children who have crossed their 12th birthday in 2021 are eligible to book a vaccination appointment.

How to register your child for vaccination

Under the national vaccination programme, children/wards below the age of 18 will require the consent of their parents/guardians to book an appointment

To register your child for vaccination:

  • Visit vaccine.gov.sg
  • Register your child and include your contact details

An SMS with a personalised booking link will be sent to you to book your child’s vaccination appointments.

On the day of vaccination

If your child is aged 12, you or a guardian is required to accompany them. Children aged 13 and above need not be accompanied.

Remember to bring along documentary proof of your consent for their vaccination. You may use this letter of consent. An electronic copy of the consent form is also accepted.

Alert  REMEMBER

Your child should avoid strenous physical activities for 7 days after each vaccination. Seek medical attention immediately, if they experience chest pain, shortness of breath or abnormal heart beats.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any children who shouldn’t get vaccinated?

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.

How do I know if my child is getting the right vaccine, if Moderna is not suitable for young children?

Our National Appointment System verifies an individual’s age and will only show vaccination locations carrying the appropriate vaccine.

This means that those aged below 18 years old will not get to select vaccination locations that carry the Moderna vaccine. This ensure that children 12-17 years old will only be administered the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause myocarditis or pericarditis?

Myocarditis is a heart muscle inflammation, while pericarditis is an inflammation of the fibrous sac surrounding the heart.

There's no indication that rates of myocarditis or pericarditis among vaccinated children is higher than unvaccinated children in Israel and USA.

For patients with myocarditis or pericarditis, all responded well to medicine and rest, and quickly recovered. But MOH will continue to monitor if there are any emerging safety signals that might indicate otherwise.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine affect my child’s fertility?

There is no evidence that the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines can cause infertility in vaccine recipients.

The vaccine does not enter into or change the DNA of the body’s cells in any way.

What side effects will child experience after vaccination?

The side effects observed in children are similar with the adult population.

Your child may experience more side effects after the second shot. These side effects are normal signs that your child's body is building up protection against the virus.

Side effects may affect their daily activities but are usually mild to moderate which should resolve in a few days.

The table below lists some common side effects that have been reported with this vaccine, and how to manage them.

Side Effects How to Manage
Pain, redness, swelling at the injection site

Those with fever are advised to self-isolate at home until the fever subsides.

Fever medications dosed according to the child’s weight as needed

Fever, chills
Headache, muscle pain, joint pain
Tiredness Rest
Lymph node swelling at neck or arms Usually gets better by itself in a week or so

Some children may have no side effects. There is nothing to worry about if that is the case for your child.

Can my child take fever/pain medicine before taking the vaccine?

If there are no side effects present, there is no reason to pre-medicate your child before or right after the vaccination.

Hence, we do not recommend that you give your child over-the-counter medicine, e.g. paracetamol or ibuprofen, before vaccination just to prevent vaccine-related side effects.

Similarly, we do not recommend that you give your child antihistamines before getting a COVID-19 vaccine to prevent allergic reactions.

What side effects are considered serious, and I should bring my child to see a doctor?

Bring your child to see a doctor if he or she has:

  • A fever that persists for more than 48 hours (2 days)
  • Respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath or loss of sense of taste and smell
  • Chest pain, shortness of breath or abnormal heartbeat
  • A side effect that persists or gets worse

In very rare cases, the vaccine can cause a severe allergic reaction. The signs include difficulty breathing, swelling of their face, throat, eyes or lips, a fast heartbeat, dizziness and weakness, a bad rash all over the body.

If your child experience a severe allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately. Call 995 or go to the nearest A&E without hesitation.

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