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Singapore plans to vaccinate children under 12 from January


Child Vaccination In Singapore: Singapore hopes to expand its national immunization program for COVID-19 for children under 12 in January next year. Kenneth Mak, Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health, shared this information with the media on Saturday.

At a task force press conference of several ministries here, Kenneth said that 11.2 percent of the total cases of Kovid-19 have been seen in children below 12 years of age. He told that only four weeks ago, the same number of cases was 6.7 percent. At the same time, he said that there is a ‘slow trend’ of growth in the case of children of this age group in Singapore.

Mak said the proportion of cases among people aged 12 to 20 “has not changed that way and has remained consistently between four and five percent.” A news agency quoted Mak as saying, “These children are vulnerable because they are not yet eligible for preventive vaccinations and it is usually enough to get them to wear masks and follow social distancing measures in a safe manner. It is difficult.” Many of these children have a ‘mild infection’.

He added, “Singapore has seen a ‘small number’ of children who require an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for more severe infections or complications from infection. Information about some cases of System Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) has also been given to the Ministry of Health.

Mak said that health officials are working with the expert committee on anti-Covid-19 vaccines to reduce the risk of infection among children aged five to 11 years by including children in the national immunization programme. The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) will also work with Pfizer on necessary regulatory approvals, the official said.

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