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Over 192,000 children aged 5 to 11 have received first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: MOE

SINGAPORE — More than 192,000 children in Singapore aged between five and 11 have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of Feb 3, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (Feb 4), and more than 56,000 of them have been fully vaccinated.

A parent and her child is seen at a paediatric vaccination centre for those aged five to 11 at Our Tampines Hub on Jan 12, 2022.

A parent and her child is seen at a paediatric vaccination centre for those aged five to 11 at Our Tampines Hub on Jan 12, 2022.

SINGAPORE — More than 192,000 children in Singapore aged between five and 11 have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of Feb 3, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (Feb 4), and more than 56,000 of them have been fully vaccinated.

In total, MOE said that it has delivered close to 250,000 doses of the vaccines to children here, with a “record number” of about 60,000 doses delivered between Jan 24 and 30.

In its statement, MOE added that among the students in primary schools here, about 75 per cent of them have signed up to be vaccinated, and at least seven in 10 of them have received the first dose of the vaccine.

“A similar number (is) expected to receive their second dose by end-February 2022 based on bookings made,” MOE said.

The ministry has also received about 18,500 registrations from children who are of typical preschool age — which it defines as those born in 2016 and 2017 — on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH's) National Appointment System. Of these, close to 13,000 children have received their first vaccine dose.

MOE noted that MOH has started to “progressively invite” those aged 12 to 17 to get their booster shots.

“We strongly encourage those who are medically eligible to receive their booster vaccination early for better protection,” MOE said, adding that teenagers aged 16 to 17 would be invited first.

“MOH mobile vaccination teams will be deployed to Special Education (Sped) schools for students who may find it challenging to visit a vaccination centre for their boosters. Sped schools will share the registration instructions and guidelines with students and their parents or guardians.”

In Singapore, the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is approved for children aged five to 11.

CLOSURE OF TWO PAEDIATRIC VACCINATION CENTRES

MOE noted that relatively fewer remaining children will need to be immunised at the end of the month after “another three to four weeks of high vaccination demand”.

“As such, MOH will gradually reduce the number of paediatric vaccination centres in the coming weeks. This will also allow MOH to allocate more resources towards the national booster vaccination programme, which has just started for individuals aged 12 to 17,” it said.

The two paediatric vaccination centres at Nanyang and Queenstown community clubs will stop operating after Feb 27.

They will continue to accept appointments made via the National Appointment System until their eventual closure but will no longer take in any children walking in for the first dose of the vaccine from Feb 7 onwards.

Thirteen paediatric vaccination centres will continue to operate, including the ones at Clementi Community Club as well as the site of the former Hong Kah Secondary School.

MOE urged parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible to “protect them against the rising Omicron wave, and prevent them from getting severely ill if they do get infected”.

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