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More than 1 in 3 eligible Primary 4 to Primary 6 students have signed up for COVID-19 vaccination: MOE

More than 1 in 3 eligible Primary 4 to Primary 6 students have signed up for COVID-19 vaccination: MOE

File photo: A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tanjong Pagar Community Centre on Jan 27, 2021. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: More than one in three eligible Primary 4 to Primary 6 students have been signed up by their parents or guardians as of 7pm on Thursday (Dec 23) to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) provided an update on the uptake of paediatric vaccination after SMS invitations were sent on Wednesday to about 110,000 parents or guardians of students in MOE primary schools and madrasahs.

These students will be in Primary 4 to Primary 6 next year.

All paediatric vaccinations slots for December have been fully taken up, said the Education Ministry.

MOE also announced that the opening of the national appointment system will be brought forward by one day to "facilitate the timely vaccination" of children in Singapore.

From Dec 26, parents of all children born between 2010 and 2012 can register their interest online for their child to be vaccinated.

After registration, parents will receive a unique link via SMS within three to five working days for them to make the vaccination appointment.

MOE had previously announced that the national appointment system was to open on Dec 27 for the registration of children born between 2009 and 2012.

"However, as all paediatric vaccination slots in December 2021 have now been taken up, those born in 2009 would have crossed their 12th birthday," said MOE.

This means they will no longer be eligible to book a paediatric vaccination slot on the national appointment system, said the ministry.

"Children born in 2009 who have reached 12 years of age on the date of their first vaccination appointment will be required to take the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and above," said MOE.

These children can walk in, accompanied by a parent or guardian, to any of the 22 vaccination centres offering the Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominarty vaccine without a prior appointment. They do not need to register their interest on the national appointment system.

"We strongly encourage parents or guardians to register their child or ward for vaccination when they receive the invitation, if they are medically eligible, so that families can get their desired dates for vaccination," said MOE.

Earlier this month, Singapore approved the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged five to 11.

"The vaccination regimen is to be administered as a two-dose primary series, 21 days apart, but given at a lower dose (10 microgrammes) than that used for individuals aged 12 years and above (30 microgrammes)," the Health Sciences Authority said on Dec 10.

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Source: CNA/dv(mi)

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