Parents Can Prepare Their Children Aged 5-11 For COVID-19 Vaccination By Explaining The Process – TBEN Singapore News


Singapore – Reservations for the Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 are expected to begin this month, after its approval for use on young children.

There are steps parents can take, such as explaining the process, to help prepare their children for immunization.

Pediatricians have disclosed several approaches for parents of children joining in the immunization exercise that would involve more than 300,000 children.

Regarding parents talking to their children about vaccinations, Dr Elizabeth Tham said: “Children aged five and over are old enough to understand what is going on in and around their bodies.

“So it is very important to help them prepare for the vaccination at least a few days in advance if their parents choose to be vaccinated,” added Dr Tham, consultant and head of the Allergy Division, of the pediatric immunology and rheumatology at Khoo Teck Puat. of the National University Hospital – National University Institute of Medicine for Children.

She said in a Straits Times report that explaining and preparing children reduces “unpleasant or unexpected experiences”, especially with the first dose, making the second dose more difficult.

For children who are afraid of needles, parents can tell them that the needle will be smaller.

They can also remind children that they have received similar vaccines in the past, Dr Tham said.

Distractions such as watching a video during the injection or an ice pack to numb the injection site are other suggestions.

Treat like any other vaccine

Meanwhile, parents are advised to treat the Covid-19 vaccine “like any other childhood vaccine,” said Dr Cheng Tai Kin, who runs the Kinder Clinic at Parkway East Hospital.

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“The injection itself is nothing out of the ordinary. It will likely be less painful than other vaccinations if the volume administered is similar to the adult Covid-19 vaccine. “

On December 10, the Department of Health said common side effects in children who received the vaccine were generally mild to moderate, with fewer systemic side effects than those aged 16 to 25.

Although no cases of anaphylaxis were seen in the study, the risk of anaphylaxis or allergy may be comparable to that seen in adolescents and young adults, the health ministry noted.

“Although we cannot exclude the rare risk of myocarditis or pericarditis, similar to what has been reported in adolescents and young adults, no cases of myocarditis or pericarditis were observed in the trial in children aged 5 to 11, “the agency added.

Dr Tham explained that immediate allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis can usually be detected during the 30-minute observation period at the center.

“As parents, we all want our children to be healthy and safe. Vaccination against Covid-19 will help minimize the chances of our children falling seriously ill if infected, especially with the disturbing latest variant of Omicron, ”the Minister of Education said last week.

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He noted that if the vaccine supplies arrive on time, the immunization exercise will start from late December 2021 for older children in Primary 3-5 and early 2022 for the younger group.

The BioNTech vaccine for young children consists of one-third of the adult dose and has shown an approximately 90 percent reduction in the risk of symptomatic infection based on the third phase of its clinical trial.

“As more and more children are vaccinated, more and more learning activities such as sports and games, essential for the well-being and the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development of children, can resume, ”Chan added. / TISG

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Chan Chun Sing: COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 probably from the end of the year

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