SINGAPORE – As of Tuesday (June 1), some 400,000 students from schools and institutes of higher education (IHL) can enroll in the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the national vaccination exercise.
Priority will be given to those of the graduate cohorts who take the N, O or A level exams or the equivalent in the second half of 2021, with about 56,000. “These students will be the first to receive their invitations to be vaccinated so that they can have more flexibility in scheduling vaccination appointments in view of the upcoming national exams,” the Ministry of Education said.
Over the next two weeks, similar invitations will be gradually extended to other groups of full-time students, including privately funded schools, madrasas, and Special Education Schools (SPEDs). International schools will not be included in this vaccination exercise.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be given to people aged 12 to 15, while older students can choose between the Pfizer or Modern vaccine. The interval between doses will be six to eight weeks.
The first plans for the students are expected to be given on June 3rd. Once vaccinated, the vaccination exercise will be open to young adults 39 years of age or younger.
Last month, the multi-ministry working group (MTF) on COVID-19 authorized the use of vaccines in people aged 12 to 15 years. Studies and data have shown that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are effective and safe for people 12 years of age and older and 18 years of age and older, respectively.
Students or parents / guardians under the age of 18 will receive an SMS with a single link to book appointments at any of the vaccination centers.
Children under the age of 18 will only be offered appointment spaces at sites with the Pfizer vaccine.
Parental or guardian consent will be required for these students as part of the booking process through the National Appointment System (NAS). Consent will be collected once and applied to both doses. Accompanying parents or guardians to the vaccination site is only required for 12-year-olds and children from SPED schools.
The main vaccination exercise for most students will be done through the NAS, as it will give maximum flexibility when choosing dates and locations, and for students to get vaccinated sooner.
Vaccinations for students will be given at community immunization centers. Starting June 7, there will also be four dedicated MOE vaccination centers, three of which will be on ITE University campuses, created jointly by the MOE and the Health Promotion Board (HPB), and one at the MOE Convention Center. Raffles City.
Because all three ITE campuses will have MOE immunization centers, ITE students will shoot their shots on campus to make use of this dedicated capacity.
To facilitate access for SPED school students who may find it challenging to visit a vaccination site, MOH will deploy mobile vaccination teams in schools to conduct vaccinations to all SPED students 12 years of age or older.
“While vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we would like to encourage all students who meet the medical requirements to be vaccinated when it becomes available to them. This is our way of protecting not only our own. students and educational institutions, but also their families and the community at large, ”MOE said.
You can find more information about vaccination exercise for students here.
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