COVID-19: Singapore rolls out vaccines for children with animal prints and stickers

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing comforts a dummy receiving a jab yesterday at a pediatric center. Photo: Chan Chun Sing/Instagram
Education Minister Chan Chun Sing comforts a dummy receiving a jab yesterday at a pediatric center. Photo: Chan Chun Sing/Instagram

Singapore has made vaccination centers more kid-friendly as they roll out jabs for older children.

More colors and life were on display yesterday for the opening of child vaccination sites, including vibrant cartoon characters printed on nurses’ scrubs, standees and teddy bear stickers for the children.

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing announced last night that 3,300 Primary 4 to Primary 6 students aged 9 to 11 were vaccinated at the seven pediatric vaccination centers which opened on the first day of Singapore’s vaccination drive for children 5 to 11.

“@moesingapore continues to observe a steady increase in registration. Heartened to see many parents and children stepping up to protect themselves and those around them against #COVID19,” Chan wrote, adding that they are looking to resume more learning and sports activities next year.

Even the vials were differentiated with orange and purple caps and labels.

Chan said on Sunday that over 40% of Primary 4 to 6 students have registered for inoculation so far. 

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children 5 to 11 in Singapore and is given at Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, Nee Soon East Community Club, Pasir Ris Elias Community Club, Our Tampines Hub, Hougang Community Club, Nanyang Community Club, Senja-Cashew Community Club.

Parents cannot register their children until they are contacted directly by SMS by the ministry.

Eight other centers will open Monday in time for registration for younger children, Primary 1 to Primary 3, to begin Jan 5. 

Those 12 and up who have yet to get vaccinated can walk into any of the centers islandwide without an appointment.

As of Sunday, 96% of Singapore had been fully vaccinated. Health officials yesterday reported 280 cases and three deaths, with more than 500 Omicron cases in total as of Christmas Day. 

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