Health Minister Ong Yi Kung stated today (May 18) that the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15.
The Ministry of Health said that it will work with the Ministry of Education on a vaccination program for this age group, and provide more updates in a timely manner.
This is the first Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in this age group in Singapore. Previously, only those 16 years of age or older were considered suitable for receiving the vaccine.
And our expert committee on COVID-19 vaccination has focused on advocating for it. Both teams assessed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine showed high efficacy and safety for this 12 to 15-year-old age group, which is consistent with what we observed for adults.
Health Minister Aung Yi Kung in a multi-ministerial task force Press Conference
Starting Wednesday (May 19), all schools will move into homeschooling until the end of the term on May 28. The announcement came after several elementary school students tested positive for Covid-19.
Starting Wednesday, people between the ages of 40 and 44 will be invited to register to get their vaccinations.
Individuals can register online via Vaccine.gov.sg, And they will receive an acknowledgment message via SMS after registration. After that, eligible individuals will be sent a separate SMS containing a personal reservation link to book an appointment.
The Ministry of Health said that individuals can expect to receive the letter within one to two weeks of registration.
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