Singapore Approves Pfizer for 12-15 Year Olds

Singapore's vaccination programme will soon be extended to children aged 12 to 15 years following a spike in the number of students testing positive for the virus.
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Children aged 12 to 15 years living in Singapore can now get vaccinated against Covid-19 with the Pfizer vaccine, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said today (May 18). The announcement follows a steep rise in the number of students who have tested positive for the virus.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is already approved for those aged 16 and upwards in Singapore and, in line with countries including the UAE and the US, the vaccination drive will now be extended to those aged 12 to 15 years; this is the first Covid-19 vaccine to be approved in Singapore for this age group. 

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will work with the Ministry of Education (MOE) on a vaccination programme for students in this age group, and further information will be announced at a later date.

Speaking at a multi-ministry taskforce press conference, Mr Ong said:

“Our expert committee on COVID-19 vaccination has also weighed in with their endorsement.

“Both teams have assessed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated high efficacy and safety for this age group of 12 to 15 years old, which is consistent with what we have observed for the adult population.”

The news follows the MOE’s announcement on Sunday that all schools will move to online learning from Wednesday until the end of term on May 28 after several primary school students tested positive for the virus; many of these cases are linked to tuition centres in the city.

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