Singapore Finds No Serious Side Effects From Child Covid-19 Vax

Singapore received six reports on non-serious side effects (0.03%) of 20,327 Pfizer vaccine doses administered to children aged 5-11 years, including three on allergic reactions.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 – Only six cases of mild side effects have been reported out of more than 20,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses given to children aged five to 11 years in Singapore.

Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said in a report on Covid-19 vaccine doses administered from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021 that it received no reports on serious adverse events following immunisation among under-12 children thus far, since coronavirus jabs were rolled out to kids last December 27.

The six non-serious reports – which comprised just 0.03 per cent of 20,327 administered Covid-19 vaccine doses among children aged five to 11 – included three reports of allergic reactions and one report each of dizziness, fever, and fast breathing.

The three reports of allergic reactions from Covid-19 vaccination in under-12 children were hives and swelling of the eyelids, face, and lips.

Singapore uses a lower dosage of Pfizer-BioNTech’s mRNA vaccine for paediatric Covid-19 inoculation at 10 microgrammes (mcg), compared to 30mcg for individuals aged 12 years and above. The vaccine is given to children aged five to 11 as a two-dose primary series, three weeks apart.

Malaysia has similarly approved 10mcg dosage of Pfizer’s shot for children aged five to 11. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin recently said the paediatric Covid-19 vaccination programme would be rolled out soon.

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