From tomorrow (June 11) onwards, Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 can book their Covid-19 vaccination appointments.
Children who turn 12 this year must have crossed their birthday before they may book an appointment.
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), those who belong to this age group would be invited to book their apppointments progressively via a text message with a personalised booking link.
Registrants can expect to receive the text message a few days after registration.
“However, we seek your patience and understanding that the SMS may take up to two weeks for some as more appointment slots for vaccination will be made available as more supplies arrive,” said MOH.
Singaporeans in this age group would also receive a “two-week priority window” to book their appointments.
Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for those aged between 12 and 17. That said, those who are invited to book their vaccination slots are more likely to get an earlier slot if they go to a vaccination site that offers the Moderna jab.
Parental consent for those under 18
Under Singapore’s vaccination exercise, those below 18 must obtain the consent of their parents or guardians to book a vaccination appointment.
Parents or guardians may register interest for their child or ward to receive the jabs on the vaccine.gov.sg website. As part of the process, they will be required to give consent for their child or ward to receive the vaccine.
Parents or guardians must also accompany children aged 12 to vaccination sites. Those aged 13 and older will not need accompaniment.
MOH said that vaccination remains a “key enabler and its ability to help Singapore reopen safely can only be felt when we can collectively achieve a high level of population coverage for vaccination”.
“Hence, we urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated, when it is offered to you.”
It added that there will be further relaxations of the regulations — such as for group and event sizes, capacity limits, distancing rules, mask wearing and travel — when a sufficient share of the Singapore population has been fully vaccinated.
This will apply especially to those who are vaccinated against Covid-19.
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