100,000 children aged 5 to 11 received the first vaccine against COVID-19; second doses from Monday

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SINGAPORE: More than 100,000 children aged 5 to 11 have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Saturday.

This means that approximately 40% of students in grades 1-6 in MOE primary schools took their first shot. The vaccination exercise for people aged 5 to 11 started on December 27 last year.

On Monday, the next phase of the pediatric vaccination rollout will begin, with children gradually receiving their second dose of the vaccine.

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The MOE said there had been “good uptake” of the walk-in sibling arrangement, which began on January 10. More than 2,800 children received their first dose of vaccine under this arrangement in its first week of operation.

Under the arrangement, walk-in visits will be accepted for all siblings accompanying a child with a prior COVID-19 vaccination appointment Monday through Thursday.

“On average, this meant that for every five vaccination appointments taken, we saw a sibling who presented for his vaccination,” the Department of Education said.

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