Covid-19: First vaccine delivery for children aged 5 to 11 on December 22nd, vaccinations from December 27th – News from the World

SINGAPORE – The national Covid-19 vaccination program for children between the ages of five and 11 starts next Monday (December 27th) with bookings from Wednesday of this week.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Early Childhood Development Agency (Ecda) said in a statement Tuesday that vaccination will be gradually opened to children born between 2009 and 2012, followed by those born between 2013 and 2017 .

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a separate statement Tuesday that the first shipment of pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty vaccine from Europe was on the way. It is scheduled to arrive in Singapore on Wednesday.

More than 300,000 children between the ages of five and eleven would be covered by the vaccination campaign. It is open to children of Singapore citizenship, permanent residents and long-term passport holders.

They must be past their fifth birthday before they can book an appointment and receive the jabs.

The Pfizer BioNTech / Comirnaty vaccine is the first Covid-19 vaccine that the authorities here in Singapore have approved for this age group.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said vaccinating younger children will help protect them, their families and the wider community, especially given the spread of the Omicron variant.

“I encourage parents / guardians to vaccinate your child or your ward if they are medically possible,” he wrote on Tuesday evening on Facebook.


MOE said it arranged to send a short message service (SMS) invitation by phone to parents or guardians of children enrolled in MOE elementary schools to expedite the booking process for vaccinations by elementary school cohorts.

Students in primary school madrasahs or Muslim religious schools will follow largely similar rules to those in CEE primary schools.

From Wednesday onwards, parents or legal guardians will receive invitations from pupils in the 4th to 6th primary level next year to book vaccination appointments for their child or their ward.

MOE said during a press conference on Tuesday that nearly 120,000 text messages will be sent to parents and guardians of this age group on Wednesday.

MOH’s national online appointment system will also be open to parents or legal guardians of all children between the ages of nine and eleven from next Monday to report their interest in vaccinating their child or their ward.

For Pri 1 to 3 pupils of the MOE elementary schools, parents or legal guardians can book their vaccination appointments from the week of January 3 of next year.

And from the week of January 10, parents or legal guardians of all children aged five and over can register their interest in the national appointment system.

After registering, you will receive a clear link to book a vaccination appointment by SMS within three to five working days.

Although the SMS have no expiration date, MOE said it is better for parents or guardians to book the vaccination slots early.

“We discharge large groups less than two weeks apart almost every week, and the 15 vaccination centers have very limited capacity,” she added.


The MOE and ECDA said there would be 15 designated pediatric vaccination centers across the island for children ages five to 11 to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

Seven will start operations on December 27th. These are under:

  • Senja-Cashew Community Club
  • Nanyang Community Club
  • Our Tampines Hub
  • Pasir Ris Elias Community Club
  • Woodlands Galaxy Community Club
  • Nee Soon East Community Club
  • Hougang Community Club

Another seven centers will be operational from January 3rd next year. These are at:

  • Clementi Community Center
  • The former site of the Hong Kah Secondary School
  • Queenstown Community Center
  • Toa Payoh West Community Club
  • Jalan Besar Community Club
  • Marine Parade Community Club
  • Der Serangoon Community Club

MOE has worked with MOH to set up an additional vaccination center at Yusof Ishak Secondary School in Punggol to ensure better coverage of the Punggol and Sengkang areas. It will start operating on January 11th next year.

“These vaccination centers will be staffed with medical staff trained in pediatrics as well as staff trained in vaccinating children,” said the MOE and ECDA.


To pave the way for children in special schools (Sped) and ECDA-funded early intervention programs for infants and children (Eipic), MOH will be used from the 12th year.

These teams are led by the Health Promotion Board, which has experience caring for children with special needs.

Parents or legal guardians can choose whether their child would like to receive the vaccine through these mobile vaccination teams, or register their interest in the national appointment system so that the child can be vaccinated at a pediatric vaccination center.

Parents or legal guardians of children with special educational needs who do not attend Sped schools or Eipic centers, such as those from private ECI centers or home-schooled, can register their interest in the national appointment system if their children are eligible to register based on their age groups .


Parental or legal guardian consent is required to book both doses of Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty vaccine.

Parents or legal guardians must also accompany all children between the ages of five and 11 to the vaccination center.

You must take the student ID of your child or ward or, if this is not available, other ID such as birth certificates or passports with you to check.

Those who have registered their interest in the national appointment system would also have to sign a declaration of consent and take a paper or soft copy with them to the vaccination center for checking.

MOE said it has not set a target for the number of children in this age group to be vaccinated as vaccination training is not mandatory, but urged parents to vaccinate their children to better keep them safe from the coronavirus protection.

A child’s vaccination status will not affect curriculum matters, MOE said, although unvaccinated students may be excluded from higher-risk activities like playing team sports in large groups.

“There will be parents who are a little hesitant, who need a little time. We understand that. We only want to open up to those who are ready, and we continue to see how we can work with more information, more data, with MOH to reassure parents with such concerns, ”MOE said.

This is not the first time parents have raised concerns about the effectiveness of vaccines. Last month, a study launched by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital looked at how children in Singapore will respond to Covid-19 vaccines not well received from the parents interviewed by TODAY.

Some said they felt uncomfortable getting their young children vaccinated against Covid-19 until there is more extensive evidence that it is safe.

The MOE and ECDA announced again on Tuesday that the clinical study by Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty Vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective for children in this age group.

“The Committee of Experts on Covid-19 Vaccination has assessed that the benefits of the vaccination far outweigh the risks,” they added.

The government previously said that the recommended dose of the vaccine for children ages five to 11 is one-third of that used in people 12 and older.

Children with moderate to severe chronic illness are also preferred when it comes to access to the vaccine.

The recommended interval between the first and second dose is at least 21 days, MOE said, adding that children in this age group should get their second dose as soon as they are fit for higher immunity.

The MOE also said that two weeks after taking their Covid-19 vaccine, students would be relieved of physical activity and that it is imperative for students to observe this precaution.

“We encourage parents to let the school know when their child has received the vaccination,” it said, adding that schools will also check the children to see if they have received the vaccination before they begin physical activity.

By Sunday, around 94 percent of 12 to 19 year olds will have completed their full vaccination.

“Expanding the vaccination program to children ages five to 11 is part of a larger national effort to protect our children, their families and the wider community,” said the MOE and ECDA.

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing noted the concerns of many parents about the disruption of schools due to the pandemic.

“As parents, we all want our children to stay safe and healthy. Our children come into regular contact with family and friends in their daily life. While the risk of our children becoming infected can never be completely prevented, vaccination increases their chances of getting seriously ill if they are infected, ”he said.

“As more of our children are vaccinated, we will be able to resume more activities, sports and games that are critical to their holistic development and wellbeing.”

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, “As more cases of Omicron variants have been discovered locally and globally, vaccination is key to protecting young and old.”


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