Singapore approves Covid vaccine for kids, outlines vaccination plan
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The vaccination program will probably be expanded to these between 40 and 44 years previous from Wednesday, and well being authorities will lengthen the interval between the primary and second pictures, the Ministry of Well being mentioned.
Singapore’s Well being Sciences Authority (HSA) licensed using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids between 12 and 15 below the Pandemic Particular Entry Route for emergency therapeutic merchandise.
Beforehand, solely these 16 and above have been allowed to obtain the shot. The vaccine developed by Moderna is just given to people who’re 18 years and above.
The nation’s skilled committee on Covid vaccines assessed the security, efficacy and tolerability of the vaccine earlier than endorsing the interim authorization by HSA.
“The info confirmed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated excessive efficacy in step with that noticed within the grownup inhabitants,” the ministry of well being mentioned in a press launch.
“Its security profile can be in step with the recognized security profile within the grownup inhabitants and the requirements set for different registered vaccines used within the immunization in opposition to different illnesses,” it added.
Vaccinations for these aged 40 to 44
The immunization program will proceed to be rolled out in five-year age bands, progressively shifting to youthful teams, the press launch mentioned.
“Our provide of vaccines has been steadily coming in, however stays restricted given excessive world demand,” it mentioned.
Nonetheless, the well being ministry mentioned it is on observe to finish the vaccination program by the top of the 12 months “if our provides arrive as scheduled.”
As of Might 17, Singapore has administered greater than 3.4 million doses of the vaccine. Not less than 1.4 million people have acquired their second dose.
Longer interval between doses
With a purpose to enable extra folks to obtain their first dose of the vaccine, authorities additionally introduced that they are going to be extending the period between the primary and second pictures.
As an alternative of administering the doses three or 4 weeks aside, the pictures will probably be given six to eight weeks aside.
The choice was made after learning world scientific proof from medical trials and the real-world rollout of vaccines, mentioned the well being ministry.
The committee is “of the view that the utmost interval between mRNA Covid-19 vaccines may very well be prolonged to as much as eight weeks to maximise vaccine protection, with out materially impacting the eventual total immune response, so long as the second dose is ultimately administered,” the press launch mentioned.
This strategy has already been taken by international locations equivalent to the UK, which prolonged the time between doses to as much as 12 weeks.