Singapore will start vaccinating schoolchildren against COVID-19, the prime minister said, after officials warned new strains were affecting youngsters more.
Following a slight uptick in cases, the city-state recently tightened curbs, after months of reporting barely any local transmissions. This included closing schools amid signs new variants, such as the one first detected in India, were affecting children in greater numbers.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced school students aged 12 and over will be the next group to be inoculated.
Health regulators approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds this month. It was previously only allowed for those aged 16 and above.
Lee said, “In this latest outbreak, we have seen more cases of children getting infected, in schools and tuition centres. The children were not seriously ill, but parents are naturally worried.”
After schoolchildren, officials will inoculate adults 39 years and below.