It’s going to be more convenient for parents taking their children to vaccination, especially those with more than one child aged 5 to 11.
All accompanying siblings of a child with an appointment on Mondays to Thursdays can walk in for their vaccination without prior appointment from Jan 10, 2022 onwards, wrote Education Minister Chan Chun Sing in a Facebook post today (Jan 3).
This means that families will very soon be able to vaccinate their children together and avoid separate trips to the Vaccination Centres (VCs).
Parents who intend to make use of this sibling walk-in arrangement should arrive at the VCs on Monday to Thursday by 7pm.
Due to the high demand in appointment bookings for the next few weekends, the sibling walk-in arrangement is not available on Fridays to Sundays. However, MOE will continue to work with MOH to consider further operational enhancements to the vaccination arrangements when possible, wrote Minister Chan.
Do note that you should bring along the student identification, or if not available, other forms of identification such as birth certificate, passport or SingPass of all children/wards receiving the vaccination for verification.
More paediatric VCs
From Jan 3, 2022, seven more paediatric VCs have started offering vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11, making it a total of 14 VCs available around the island.
The VC at Yusof Ishak Secondary School (Punggol campus) will commence operations on Jan 11, 2022.
Parents of P1 to P3 pupils can book appointment soon
From Jan 5, 2022, about 110,000 parents or guardians of Primary 1 to 3 pupils in MOE primary schools can expect to progressively receive a unique link via SMS to book a vaccination appointment.
And from Jan 6, 2022, parents or guardians of all remaining children aged 5 to 8 may proceed to register their interest on the National Appointment System.
Good start to 2022
Minister Chan Chun Sing also that more than 6 in 10 of our P4 to P6 pupils in MOE schools have booked their vaccination appointments as of Jan 2, 2022.
The Ministry of Health received about 8,600 registrations on the National Appointment System for those aged 9 to 11 who are not in public schools.
Some 20,000 children have already received their first dose since the vaccination exercise started on Dec 27, 2021.
“This is only possible with the support of parents, as well as the hard work of our public and healthcare officers. With a good vaccination rate in our primary school students, we certainly look forward to 2022 being a more normal school year for our children as we carefully consider how to safely resume more activities in the coming months,” said Minister Chan.
Cover photo credit: Chan Chun Sing Facebook page