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Singapore approves Covid jab for children 5 to 11

Authorities are rushing to get children vaccinated amid concerns over rising number of paediatric Covid-19 cases.

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Singapore will start Covid-19 vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 years before the end of this year, its health ministry said late on Friday.

The city-state has already vaccinated 87% of its 5.5 million population, and authorities were rushing to get children vaccinated amid concerns over rising number of paediatric Covid-19 cases.

The dosage used for children will be one-third of that used in adults, similar to the US.

Currently, only Pfizer-BioNTech “Comirnaty” vaccine has been approved for children’s usage in Singapore, the health ministry added.

Singapore has also signed a new supply agreement with Pfizer-BioNTech for the Covid-19 vaccine, it said, without specifying how many vials will be supplied.

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