ST: KKH recruiting children aged 5 to 11 for Covid-19 vaccination trial

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Parents or caregivers are allowed to complete the form on behalf of eligible children.
Parents or caregivers are allowed to complete the form on behalf of eligible children. PHOTO: ST FILE

Cheryl Tan

SINGAPORE - A Covid-19 vaccination trial to be conducted among younger Singapore children to roll out the Pfizer vaccine has started recruiting recipients.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Nov 16), KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) said that it is conducting a research study to assess how children here respond to Covid-19 vaccination.

In order to be eligible to participate, the children must be aged between five and 11 years old, have had no previous Covid-19 infection and are intending to get their Covid-19 jabs.

"The data gathered from this study will help inform public health vaccination policy to protect children against Covid-19. Volunteers will be provided with reimbursement," said KKH in its post.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Monday (Nov 16) that there has been a lot of interest from parents on children's vaccines after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorised the use of the vaccine for this age group.

The Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination will make a recommendation on whether to extend the Pfizer vaccine to children aged five to 11 in the second half of November, he added.

The vaccination trial is aimed at smoothening operations of rolling out the vaccine at scale, and to assess the suitability of a small dosage - about one-third of the regular dose - for children here.

Singapore recently inked a supply agreement with Pfizer for its paediatric vaccine meant for children aged five to 11, Mr Ong said on Monday at the multi-ministry task force press conference tackling Covid-19.

The vaccine has a different formulation from the regular one.

While it uses the same mRNA ingredient as the adult vaccine, a different buffer solution is used, so that it can be stored under more conventional cold chain requirements.

This will also make it easier to draw the required amount of vaccine from the vial.

Those interested in participating in the KKH trial can complete a short screening questionnaire here to check their child's eligiblity.

Parents or caregivers are allowed to complete the form on behalf of eligible children.

 

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well, shouldn't all the ministers and MPs who support this thing send their kids (who fit this age) for the trial first? do it willingly and for free... and also arrange them for booster shots trial

anything happens is also worth it one, since its all for love of citizens and Singapore. Some form of sacrifice is inevitable. PAP can give them a PBM or some medal if their kids RIP...worth it man
 
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who in right mind will use their own childrenas lab rats.

why not children or grandchildren of pap mps and ministers take the lead?
Because they are the future pillars of this country...
 

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hope those parents know what they are throwing their kids into

mai regret.....
 

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U want to take better take now. During this kind of trial, they are more focused on the outcome and how the children body will react. If touch wood anything happened maybe can get payout.

Once it roll out as voluntary phrase ur fate depend on the VAR Committee

However 1 thing for sure is no one know what is the long term side effects (if there are any anot)
 
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who in right mind will use their own childrenas lab rats.

why not children or grandchildren of pap mps and ministers take the lead?
just a while back, we thought the opposition we have will ask this question for parents who are concerned

now we know the useless opposition voted in are more concern with their new office and salary.... they won't raise this, btw peasant lives are cheap
 

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Sometimes, when we read such news, we know they pretty much made up their minds to force include kids... :(

And the saddest thing is that there's nothing any sgeans can do to stop all these madness now. Cos they had one chance last July 2020... :(
 

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who in right mind will use their own childrenas lab rats.

why not children or grandchildren of pap mps and ministers take the lead?
my friend very supportive about lab trial. she say she wan to support science and will encourage all her children amd family to contribute to science. she really went for it when Pzifer first rolled out last year.

really got people will to sacrifice one. just that such people are rare.
 

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Why need volunteers when they can get the grandparents and parents from Parliament to send their grandchildren and children to go for the trial?

"Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said he wanted the vaccine to be 300 per cent safe, not just 100 per cent safe. I decided that if I had to vaccinate babies, I must vaccinate my children first," said Dr Oon, who was speaking at his final academic lecture at Duke-NUS Medical School on July 4 when he recounted the research team's journey to end the hepatitis B epidemic here.

Don't tell us they support vaccination but scare to send their grandchildren and children for trial.

Please lead by example...
 
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