Singapore ‘hopeful’ of extending COVID-19 vaccines to children below 12 from January

Many of these children have “mild infections”, however (*12*) has seen a “small number” of children who want paediatric ICU take care of more extreme infections or problems from the an infection.  There have been additionally just a few circumstances of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) reported to MOH, mentioned Assoc Prof Mak, noting that this was addressed earlier.  At the time, 4 such circumstances had emerged among the many greater than 8,000 paediatric COVID-19 circumstances in (*12*) because the begin of the pandemic.  All 4 children have been admitted to hospital between October and November this 12 months, and these circumstances are “considered rare”, MOH mentioned on the time.  Health authorities are working with the knowledgeable committee on COVID-19 vaccines to prolong the nationwide vaccination programme to cowl children aged between 5 and 11 to scale back their threat of getting contaminated, mentioned Assoc Prof Mak.  The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) may even work with Pfizer on the mandatory regulatory approvals, he added.  “We remain hopeful that we may be able to launch the extended national vaccination programme following these approvals for children less than 12 years of age, hopefully sometime in January 2022.”

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