Advice to Students After Vaccination

Published Date: 06 July 2021 09:00 PM

News Parliamentary Replies

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song, Aljunied GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) whether schools will grant students at least one week excuse from strenuous physical activity in school after each dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; and (b) whether active monitoring of students' condition post vaccination will be carried out to detect symptoms of myocarditis or pericarditis.

Response

1. Schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) will excuse students from physical activity for one week after receiving their COVID-19 vaccination, whether it is for the first or second dose. All PE and CCA teachers will check in with students before the start of these activities. We have also advised all parents and students to be mindful of any potential side effects from the vaccination. In particular, if they were to develop chest pain, shortness of breath or abnormal heartbeats, students should seek medical attention promptly.

2. MOH and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) have also been closely monitoring recipients of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. On 12 June 2021, MOH issued a circular to all registered medical practitioners to ask them to be vigilant in detecting inflammatory conditions affecting the heart muscles and outer lining of the heart respectively, when assessing patients who have been recently vaccinated with the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

3. Medical practitioners are also urged to report all serious adverse reactions, including myocarditis and pericarditis, to HSA as soon as possible, so that swift regulatory actions can be taken where necessary.

4. MOE will continue to work with MOH and HSA to closely monitor students who have experienced adverse reactions after the vaccination to ensure that suitable and appropriate care is given to these students. We will review and update our guidelines if needed, to ensure the safety and well-being of students.

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