Expert Committee on Covid19 Vaccination Recommends Booster Shots for Ages 12 to 17

Expert says that booster shots will protect adolescents from the Omicron variant and future variants.

Mommy Rhey | Feb. 4, 2022 | 287 reads
Expert Committee on Covid19 Vaccination Recommends Booster Shots for Ages 12 to 17
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On January 21, 2022, the Ministry of Health informed the public through their website about the recommendation of the Expert Committee on Covid19 Vaccination (EC19V) to give booster shots to adolescents ages 12 to 17 years old. They will be given a Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominaty vaccine (30 micrograms) as their booster shots five months after or longer from their last dose of the primary vaccine when it becomes available.

Children must have consent from their parents or guardians to be vaccinated. Their parents or guardians will receive an SMS with a link to provide consent and book an appointment for their child's booster shot. Then, they will proceed into vaccination centers to have their booster shots. This recommendation came after the booster shots in children ages 5 to 11 years old and 18 above.

Last year, on December 10, 2021, the MOH announced that the Health Science Authority (HSA) approved administering booster shots on children ages 5 to 11 and 18 above. Children 5 to 11 years old will receive their third pediatric dose 21 days after their last dosage. On the other hand, individuals aged 18 years old and above will receive a third dose of their last vaccine under the government's additional vaccine to the National Vaccine Program to be fully vaccinated.

Even though the two-dose of the primary vaccine can protect individuals and lessen the severe symptoms or illnesses from the Covid19, data shows that the protection with these vaccines wanes over time, especially on younger ages.

The Omicron variant is more transmissible to the previous variants. Due to the rising transmission of the Omicron variant, the government also adjusted their protocols, such as reducing isolation on fully vaccinated individuals who are positive with Covid19 and have mild symptoms, no visitation for the next four weeks in hospital wards and care homes, number of persons in social gatherings and events.

Since the circuit breaker in 2020, the lives of Singaporeans and other individuals living in Singapore have been severely affected by the changes. The government wants to ensure that everyone will be protected and have their vaccines under the National Vaccination Program.

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