From tomorrow (June 11) Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 can book their Covid-19 vaccination appointments.
Children who turn 12 this year must be past their birthday before they can make an appointment.
According to the Ministry of Health (MS), people belonging to this age group would be invited to make an appointment gradually via an SMS with a personalized booking link.
Registrants can expect to receive the SMS within a few days of signing up.
“However, we ask for your patience and understanding that the SMS may take up to two weeks for some as more vaccination appointment slots will become available as more supplies arrive,” the said. Ministry of Health.
Singaporeans in this age group would also benefit from a “two-week priority window” to make an appointment.
Only Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for people aged 12 to 17 years old. That said, those who are advised to book their vaccination slots are more likely to get a slot sooner if they go to a vaccination site that offers the Moderna vaccine.
Parental authorization for children under 18
As part of the Singapore immunization exercise, people under the age of 18 must obtain the consent of their parents or guardians to make a vaccination appointment.
Parents or guardians can express their interest in having their child or ward receive the vaccines at the vaccine.gov.sg website. As part of the process, they will need to give their consent for their child or ward to receive the vaccine.
Parents or guardians should also accompany 12-year-olds to vaccination sites. People 13 years of age and over will not need support.
The Department of Health said immunization remains a “key catalyst and its ability to help Singapore reopen safely can only be felt when we can collectively achieve a high level of population coverage for immunization.”
“Therefore, we urge all eligible people to be vaccinated, when offered to you. “
He added that there will be further regulatory relaxations – such as for group and event sizes, capacity limits, distancing rules, mask wearing and travel – when enough of the Singapore population will have been fully vaccinated.
This will apply in particular to those who are vaccinated against Covid-19.
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