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Over 5,000 children aged 5 to 6 registered for Covid-19 vaccine so far

Over 5,000 children aged 5 to 6 registered for Covid-19 vaccine so far

A child receiving a paediatric dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre located in Our Tampines Hub.

Some 5,000 children aged five and six had already been registered by their parents or guardian to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Wednesday, a spokesperson from the Early Childhood Development Agency said.

Parents who spoke to TODAY said that they did not have much of a concern about getting their children inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine. 

One parent, Ms Diana Mohamed, 42, said that she was initially concerned about the side effects that a Covid-19 vaccine would have on her two daughters, who are in Pri 3 and Pri 6. 

However, after reading news reports about trials done on children within that age group in the United States, she overcame her fears and decided to get her children vaccinated. 

Ms Kalpana Srinivasan was initially hesitant to get her two children, aged six and 10, vaccinated against Covid-19.

Given that they have already been inoculated against several other diseases such as measles since they were babies, the 36-year-old homemaker was worried about the potential side effects of them being jabbed with yet another vaccine.

Daughter, 10, told mum she wanted to be vaccinated

Ms Kalpana said: "Because all her friends have taken (the vaccine). She herself gave me the idea, saying, 'Let's go, let's book. Everybody in my class has done it. Why not me? You don't have to be worried'.

"She was the one who gave me the boost. I was actually doubtful about whether to go or not."