Singapore will begin immunizing children against the coronavirus this week, Southeast Asian city-state Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said. The latter said he was worried about new variants that affect young people more.
“During this latest wave, we have more cases of infected children, in schools or night classes,” said the leader during a televised speech. “The children weren’t seriously ill, but the parents are understandably worried. Therefore, we are going to take advantage of the June holidays to vaccinate schoolchildren ”.
The island tightened restrictions recently following a surge in the number of coronavirus infections, after managing to contain the epidemic almost completely for several months. Singapore closed primary to secondary schools in mid-May.
The local health regulatory authority has approved the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12 to 15, whereas it was previously only authorized from the age of 16. Children from 12 years old will therefore be able to be vaccinated from Thursday, announced the Prime Minister.
Relaxation of restrictions after June 13
After some 400,000 schoolchildren and students in the country, the authorities have announced that they want to vaccinate adults up to 39 years old, the last segment of the 5.7 million inhabitants of Singapore still to be vaccinated. The prime minister added that restrictions should be able to be eased after June 13, as expected, thanks to a drop in the number of locally transmitted cases.
Restaurants currently only serve take-out and locals cannot congregate with more than two people at a time. The prosperous island of Southeast Asia has been relatively untouched so far, with just over 62,000 cases in total and 33 deaths, thanks to very strict controls since the start of the pandemic.