Sibling Walk-In Arrangement and Opening of More Vaccination Centres – Greater Convenience for Parents

Published Date: 03 January 2022 11:00 AM

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Updates on Vaccination Progress and Roll-Out

1. As of 2 January 2022, 6pm, more than 6 in 10 of Primary 4 to 6 students in MOE primary schools have registered for vaccination. Another 9,000 children aged 9 to 11 who are not in our primary schools have registered their interest on the Ministry of Health (MOH) National Appointment System (NAS) at child.vaccine.gov.sg.

2. From 3 January 2022, seven more paediatric VCs have started offering vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11. We are now ready to support the next phase of the paediatric vaccination roll-out, with increased capacity and greater convenience to parents so that all medically eligible children can be vaccinated as soon as possible.

3. From 5 January 2022, about 110,000 parents/guardians of Primary 1 to 3 students in MOE primary schools can expect to progressively receive a unique link via SMS to book a vaccination appointment. From 6 January 2022, parents/guardians of all remaining children aged 5 to 8 may proceed to register their interest on the NAS1.

"Sibling Walk-In" Arrangement from Mondays to Thursdays

4. To provide greater convenience for parents/guardians with more than one child/ward aged 5 to 11 years and to optimise our available vaccination capacity on Mondays to Thursdays, from 10 January 2022, all accompanying siblings of a child with an appointment on Mondays to Thursdays can walk in for their vaccination without prior appointment2. Parents/guardians who intend to vaccinate their children/wards under the "sibling walk-in" arrangements should arrive at the vaccination centre by 7pm on Mondays to Thursdays3. We encourage parents/ guardians who have booked separate appointments for different children/wards to keep only one desired slot and cancel the remaining bookings on NAS. As the children must be accompanied by one parent/guardian, it would suffice for one parent/guardian to be present for children going for the same vaccination appointment. However, we will exercise flexibility and allow one parent/guardian per child, should there be requests from the parent/guardian.

5. We are currently unable to accommodate the sibling walk-in arrangement on Fridays to Sundays due to high demand in appointment bookings for the next few weekends. We seek the understanding and cooperation of parents to ensure we can provide a smooth and orderly vaccination process for all our children, and will continue to work with MOH to consider further operational enhancements to the paediatric vaccination arrangements.

Webinar on Paediatric Vaccination

6. MOE, in collaboration with MOH and ECDA, will be holding a webinar for parents/guardians on 5 January 2022 (Wednesday), 7.30pm to 8.30pm to address concerns or queries that they may have on COVID-19 vaccination for children. The webinar is open to 3,000 participants on first-come, first-served basis. Parents/guardians can attend the webinar via https://go.gov.sg/5janvaccinewebinar4 and submit their questions before the session5.

7. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to get their child/ward vaccinated as soon as they receive the invitation. This is our key measure to keep our children, families and wider community safe and resilient against COVID-19. Students will be deemed to be on medical leave if they receive their vaccination during school hours, or feel unwell from the vaccination. Schools will make the necessary arrangements to help them with schoolwork if needed, and ensure that students do not engage in physically strenuous activities for two weeks after vaccination.


Footnotes
  1. After registration, parents/guardians can expect to receive a unique link via SMS within 3 to 5 working days to book a vaccination appointment.

  2. Parents/guardians should bring along the Student Identification, or if not available, other forms of identification (e.g. Birth Certificate/Passport/SingPass) of all children/wards receiving the vaccination for verification.

  3. Parents/guardians who intend to vaccinate their children/wards under the "siblings walk-in" arrangement at the paediatric vaccination centre at Yusof Ishak Secondary School (YISS) should arrive at the VC by 5pm on Mondays to Thursdays. The VC at YISS will begin operations on 11 January 2021.

  4. To enter the webinar, please enter the meeting passcode: 5janvac.

  5. Parents may submit their questions at https://go.gov.sg/questions5janwebinar.

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