Two scientific committees advising the government said they have no objection to allowing children aged between 5 and 11 to get Covid-19 vaccines.
The children can either get Sinovac, or one third of a dose of the adult BioNTech
The two committees are the Scientific Committee on Vaccine
Preventable Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (JSC) under the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health, and the Chief Executive's expert advisory panel (EAP).
The interval between two doses of Sinovac jabs for children should be 28 days, while the two fractional doses of BioNTech
jabs should be given to children at least 12 weeks apart, experts said.
should be rolled out simultaneously to provide real choice.
Experts also added that while both vaccines
are expected to lower the risk of severe disease and death, the BioNTech
jab may provide additional protection against Omicron infection.
Meanwhile, the two committees have highlighted the urgency of inoculating adults aged 60 or above, particularly those in residential elderly care homes. They should take priority over the inoculation of children aged 5 to 11.