Will You Be Getting The Vaccine For Your Child? Here’s What Parents In Singapore Say

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Now that Singapore is ready to vaccinate children, are you, as a parent, ready for your kid to get their jab? Well, based on theAsianparent’s survey, there is a close battle between parents who agree and those that don’t.

As you know, while older kids aged 12 and above have been given the green light to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Singapore, research for vaccination of younger kids is still ongoing.

However, with the recent rise of community cases, plus the new B1617 strain, many parents are probably stressing over how to better protect their children from the virus.

At this point the world over, getting vaccinated is encouraged for all adults but is everybody onboard, especially when it comes to children?

Parents in Singapore gave us their honest answers through an Instagram survey. And the results are surprising!

Would You Get The Vaccine For Your Child?

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can kids get covid vaccine

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In light of the new surge of infections, TAP asked parents whether they would consider getting the vaccine for their children.

About 58 followers voted ‘Yes,’ stating that they will be get their children vaccinated in due time. Meanwhile, there were 40 followers who answered ‘No.’

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can kids get covid vaccine

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Based on the survey, 59 percent of users will get the vaccine for their child while 41 percent are still reluctant. While it’s almost a 50-50 decision, there are still more parents who are willing to have their child get the vaccine.

Can Kids Get The Covid Vaccine: What Parents Should Know

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The government is still aiming to have all Singaporeans and long-term residents vaccinated by the end of the year. As of 17 May 2021, about 1,440,544 persons have been completely vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

As more children keep getting infected by Covid-19 in the country, health authorities are actively pushing the vaccination for kids.

But can kids already get the Covid vaccine? Well, as mentioned earlier, so far only children aged between 12 and 15 years old can get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. For the safety of younger kids (for whom there is not much researched data), government hans’t yet confirmed their vaccination process.

Although, MOH says receiving the vaccine yourself can indirectly protect those who are unable to get it. This why getting the vaccine is still highly encouraged as it is free to all Singaporeans and long-term residents.

The Vaccination Process In Singapore

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More details are yet to be released regarding vaccines for kids in Singapore. But there are updates regarding the vaccination process for those eligible to be vaccinated.

This is what Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, announced on 19 May regarding those registering for the Covid-19 vaccination. He shared the following details.

  • The second dose of vaccination will now be scheduled six to eight weeks after the first.

  • The expansion of the nationwide vaccination roll-out to those aged 40 to 44 years old.

  • You may wish to voluntarily push back your second dose of the vaccine, but it is still highly encouraged that you get it.

  • Those who have completed getting both shots are still advised to maintain precaution.

Be part of reducing the risk of transmission and continue to wear your masks and avoid large crowds in the meantime. Stay healthy, stay safe!

With reports from Sarmistha Neogy.

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