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Updated 11 Jan 2022

Child Vaccination

 [New] My child has an appointment for his/her second dose after 10 Jan 2022. Can I bring his/her siblings along for vaccination under the “sibling walk-in” arrangement?
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You can bring along your younger child for his/her vaccination during the appointment slot of your older child, so long as the older child’s appointment date is on Mondays to Thursdays. No prior appointment for the younger child is required. To ensure a smooth and pleasant experience for all, parents planning to vaccinate children under this “sibling walk-in” arrangement should arrive at the VCs by 7 pm, with all children.

If you have booked separate appointments for both children, you are strongly encouraged to keep only one desired slot and cancel the remaining bookings on NAS.

 [New] Will my child be subject to Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) in preschools/MK/schools if he/she is not vaccinated?
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There are currently no specific plans for introducing additional Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management measures (VDS) targeted at young children. We are aware that there has been public interest specifically on the current VDS exemptions granted to unvaccinated children who are 12 and below in various social and community settings. As mentioned by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF), there are currently no plans to remove these VDS exemptions for children who are 12 and below, as the focus is to ensure that children are well protected by vaccination. We strongly encourage parents of children aged 5 to 11 to take up the COVID-19 vaccination if their children are medically eligible.

Can parents/guardians choose which vaccine they would like their child/ward to receive?

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Based on the Health Sciences Authority’s (HSA) approval of the medical suitability of the vaccines, individuals aged 5 to 11 will only be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine’s safety profile is comparable to that seen in adults and adolescents. In addition, the Phase 3 clinical trial done on 2,186 children showed very strong efficacy of 90.7% against symptomatic infection and observed no serious adverse events related to vaccination for children. The HSA and Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination have assessed that the benefits of the outweigh the risks when used in a paediatric dosage of 10 micrograms for children aged 5-11.

 If a household has a few children of different ages (e.g. a 5- and 7-year-old), will their appointment dates be the same? If they are from the same household, can their appointments be on the same date, so that parents/guardians need not take leave twice?

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The vaccination exercise will progressively open to all eligible children by age bands, starting with children born between 2009 to 2012 in tranches from 22 Dec 2021, before eventually opening it up to all who are aged 5 and above by around mid-January 2022.

As we aim to optimise the vaccination capacity at each paediatric vaccination centre, we wish to advise all parents/guardians to observe the timings for the opening of the various tranches and age bands for booking of an appointment and to turn up based on the scheduled appointment dates and timings. This will make it more manageable for the vaccination centre staff and also ensure a more pleasant experience for all who are scheduled for their vaccination.

 Will my child/ward still receive the reduced dosage if he/she turns 12 on the day of the first appointment? Should my child wait until he/she turns 12 to receive the adult dose?

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Children who turn 12 on the day of their first appointment will receive the dose for ages 12 and above. Those who received the paediatric dosage on their first appointment will continue to receive the same dosage on their second appointment, even if they have turned 12 between the first and second vaccine doses.

For those nearing their 12th birthday and desire to receive the adult dose, they have the choice to wait until after their birthday to do so.

 When will the vaccination commence for students? Can my child/ward choose to take the vaccination later?

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Vaccination will be progressively offered to over 300,000 children aged 5 to 11, starting with the older children from 27 December 2021. The programme will be open to all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and long-term pass holders.

To facilitate access for children in Special Education (SPED) schools and ECDA-funded Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) centres, MOH will deploy mobile vaccination teams to the schools of eligible SPED and EIPIC students from 12 January 2022. The SPED schools and EIPIC centres will share the registration instructions and guidelines with students and their parents/guardians.

Parents/guardians of SPED and EIPIC centre students across the age groups may also consider the option of registering their child/ward to be vaccinated at designated paediatric vaccination centres if they assess their child/ward to be able to cope within the settings of a vaccination centre.

We encourage all medically eligible children to take up the vaccine when offered to them. The risk of community spread remains, and comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone against the virus.

 Why are children aged 9 to 11 prioritised for vaccination? Why is MOH/MOE/ECDA prioritising vaccination for older children aged 9 to 11 years before opening it up to the younger age groups?

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This vaccination exercise will cover over 300,000 children. We will need to take extra care in the initial period to run the operations and gradually ramp up the capacity. MOH will also need to ensure that there are sufficient medical personnel trained in paediatric care and staff who are experienced in administering vaccination for these younger children. The community vaccination centres also must cater enough space for the accompanying parent/guardian of the child, while still providing space for the on-going vaccination booster programme which is also being accelerated.

Hence, we will have to stagger the paediatric vaccination exercise and have different tranches of parents/guardians invited to book their appointments, starting with the older school-going children. We hope this will allow them to have more larger group activities, CCAs and competitive sports soon.

Nevertheless, we would like to assure all parents that we will eventually open up the registration to all who are aged 5 and above by mid-January 2022.

 Will MOE/MOH consider making an exception to deploy home vaccination for children who are very ill and not ambulant?

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Yes, MOH will work with healthcare institutions to deploy Home Vaccination Teams for children who are very ill and not ambulant.

 Are international students included in this exercise?

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The vaccination exercise is also open to all individuals aged 5 to 11 who are long-term pass holders. This will include international students in various education institutions if they are long-term pass holders. Students attending International Schools will need to register via the National Appointment System (NAS) here. To facilitate the booking process, parents/guardians should use their own contact details to register for their child/ward. An SMS with a personalised link will be sent to this contact number to book an appointment. Parents/guardians can expect the booking link within 3-5 working days after registering their interest. This process is similar to how parents/guardians registered for their vaccination earlier in the exercise.

 Will it be possible for parents/guardians to take their booster shot together with their child/ward?

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Children aged 12 and under will require the accompaniment of their parent/guardian. Parents/guardians will not be able to take their booster shot during their child/ward’s vaccination.

 Will parents/guardians be allowed to accompany their child to the vaccination centres?

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For the 5 to 11 years old vaccination exercise, parental/legal guardian presence is required. Only one parent/guardian is allowed to accompany their child/ward to the vaccination centre if they are below 13 years old. This is to avoid congestion and ensure compliance to Safe Management Measures at the vaccination centres.

 What are the safeguards in place to ensure that the correct vaccine and dose are administered for children aged 5 to 11?

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MOH has further strengthened the registration process and put in place more stringent procedures at the vaccination centre to verify the details of the child. Some of the procedures include:

  • Poster placed at the entrance of the vaccination centre and vaccinator booth highlighting that Moderna is meant for ages 18 years and above.
  • Focused training for registration and vaccination staff on handling of pediatrics
  • Two levels of verification on age; at registration and vaccination booth
  • Adult and children vaccination booths are segregated to prevent mixture of vaccines
 In light of EC19V’s recommendations, how will children with moderate to severe chronic medical conditions be prioritised for vaccination?

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Vaccination for children with moderate to severe chronic medical conditions will be conducted in-situ at KK Women and Children’s Hospital and the National University Hospital.

 My employees have asked for time off to accompany their child(ren) for their vaccination. Can I request for them to take childcare leave instead?

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You are strongly encouraged to give time off to your employees for their children’s vaccination, including any mandatory observation post vaccination if the vaccination is done during working hours. For employees who require a longer period away from work, they may take childcare leave or annual leave.

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