VACCINATION “VERY EFFECTIVE” TO PREVENT SIDE EFFECTS OF COVID-19
MOH said while the vast majority of children infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover well, a small number suffered from Childhood Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), a serious and life-threatening condition.
“The vaccination for children will be very effective in preventing such negative consequences of COVID-19 infection,” said MOH.
The Ministry of Health added that these are some of the key considerations that, after reviewing international studies and clinical data, led the authorities to conclude that the vaccine is “safe and effective” and that the benefits of vaccination for children outweigh the risks.
In the “unlikely” event that a child experiences serious vaccine-related adverse reactions, the child is eligible for the Vaccine Damage Financial Assistance Program, provided they are Singaporean, permanent residents, or long-term passport holders.
VIDEO “DISTORTED” PURPOSE OF THE VACCINATION STATEMENT FORM
The video also falsified the purpose of vaccination consent, MOH said.
The declaration of consent is used to obtain the consent of the parents or guardian so that the child or the ward receives the vaccine after the risk of the vaccination has been checked and taken into account according to the attached vaccination information sheet.
“This informed consent practice is in line with what is done with other medical procedures, including vaccinations for children such as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria and tetanus,” said the Ministry of Health.
It added that the video is also intended to “mistakenly exaggerate” the dangers and possible long-term side effects of COVID-19 vaccines for young children and to discourage parents from having their children vaccinated.
Parents have been strongly advised to have their children vaccinated if they are medically eligible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and serious illness and to protect their families and the entire community.