Singapore – Bookings for the Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11 are set to begin this month after it was approved for younger children.
Parents can take certain steps, such as: B. Explain the process to prepare their children for vaccination.
Pediatricians have announced several approaches for parents with children enrolling in the vaccination, which is believed to affect more than 300,000 children.
Regarding parents talking to their children about vaccination, Dr. Elizabeth Tham: “Children five years and older are old enough to understand what is happening to their bodies and around them.
“So it is very important to help them prepare for the vaccination at least a few days in advance, if their parents choose to,” adds Dr Khoo Teck Puat of the National University Hospital – National University Children’s Medical Institute.
She said in a Street times report that explaining and preparing children reduces “unpleasant or unexpected experiences,” especially during the first dose, making the second injection difficult.
For children who are afraid of needles, parents can tell them the needle is smaller.
You can also remind the kids that they’ve had similar vaccinations in the past, said Dr. Tham.
Distractions like watching a video while the injection is taking place or using an ice pack to numb the injection site are other suggestions.
Treat like any other vaccine
In the meantime, parents are advised to treat the Covid-19 vaccine “like any other vaccination in children,” said Dr. Cheng Tai Kin, who runs the Children’s Clinic at Parkway East Hospital.
“The injection itself is nothing out of the ordinary. It will likely be less painful than other vaccinations if the amount given is similar to that of the adult Covid-19 vaccine.
On December 10th, the Ministry of Health said that the usual side effects children who received the vaccine were generally mild to moderate in severity, with fewer systemic side effects than children aged 16-25.
Although no cases of anaphylaxis were observed in the study, the risk of anaphylaxis or allergy can be expected to be comparable to that seen in adolescents and young adults, MOH noted.
“Although we cannot rule out the rare risk of myocarditis or pericarditis, similar to that seen in adolescents and young adults, no cases of myocarditis or pericarditis were seen in the study in children aged 5-11,” the agency added .
Dr. Tham explained that during the 30-minute observation period at the center, immediate allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis can usually be detected.
“As parents, we all want our children to be healthy and safe. Vaccination against Covid-19 will help minimize the chances of our children becoming seriously ill if they become infected, especially with the latest worrisome variant of Omicron, “the Minister of Education said last week.
He noted that vaccination training for the older children in elementary school 3 to 5 and in early 2022 for the younger group will begin in late December 2021 when vaccine deliveries are on schedule.
BioNTech’s infant vaccine is one-third the adult dose and has shown an approximately 90 percent reduction in the risk of symptomatic infection in the third phase of its clinical trial.
“As more children are vaccinated, more learning activities such as sports and games, which are critical to children’s physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional well-being and development, can be resumed,” added Chan. / TISG