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Updated 12 May 2022

Child Vaccination

 [Updated 12 May] Will my child be subject to Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) in preschools/MK/schools if he/she is not vaccinated?
A:
There are currently no plans to impose Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management measures (VDS) targeted at young children. We strongly encourage parents of children aged 5 to 11 to take up the COVID-19 vaccination if their children are medically eligible, to ensure that they are protected against the virus.
Can parents/guardians choose which vaccine they would like their child/ward to receive?

A:

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 (in 0.2ml) for children aged 5-11.

 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?

A:

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?

A:

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.

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

A:

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?

A:

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?

A:

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.

 If my child/ward was infected but was unvaccinated or partially vaccinated at the point of infection, is he/she recommended to continue with the primary vaccination series and/or booster? If so, when should he/she take the vaccine?
A:

For persons aged 12 years and above, please refer to the relevant FAQ at Booster Doses FAQs page.

For persons below 12 years old who have not completed their vaccination before recovering from a COVID-19 infection, they are recommended to receive a single dose of an mRNA vaccine at least 3 months after the date of their infection to complete their vaccination.

Persons who have an official record of their infection (i.e. positive COVID-19 PCR test result, positive ART result at approved test providers, or positive serology test result given past infection) would be considered fully vaccinated after receiving the single dose of mRNA vaccine.

Persons who are tested positive on a self-administered antigen rapid test (ART), or via ARTs not done at an approved test provider (e.g. health risk warning/health risk notice, self-administered SHN daily tests), would not have an official record of his/her infection. If they have not received any vaccines before infection, they would need to receive two doses of the mRNA vaccines to be considered fully vaccinated. It is safe for them to do so.

 [Updated 5 Apr] Will I be receiving an SMS invitation to book the vaccination appointment for my child/ward who has recovered from a COVID-19 infection? If not, how do I go about to book an appointment?
A: If your child/ward is aged 5 to 11, you may accompany him/her and walk in without an appointment to any paediatric vaccination centre to receive his/her vaccination any day of the week before 7pm. Alternatively, for children/wards who have passed 3 months from the date of diagnosis but have not received an SMS, you may register on their behalf at child.vaccine.gov.sg to receive the SMS invite.
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