Singapore health official: Higher Covid hospitalisation rates for kids under five; vaccination will ‘reduce risk of severe infection’

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Based on the hospitalisation rates, the vaccine that will be offered to young children aged between six months and five years old will be beneficial and reduce the risk of a severe infection, Associate Professor Kenneth Mak said. — TODAY pic

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Wednesday, 24 Aug 2022 11:11 PM MYT

SINGAPORE, Aug 24 — The hospitalisation rate for children under five years old who are infected with Covid-19 is 5.2 per cent, higher than the rate for older children.

For those aged five to 11, the hospitalisation rate is 1.3 per cent among children who are not vaccinated and about 0.4 per cent for those who have received the jab.

Based on these figures, the vaccine that will be offered to young children aged between six months and five years old will be beneficial and reduce the risk of a severe infection, director of medical services Kenneth Mak said today during a press conference by the government task force handling the nation’s response to the coronavirus.

The Health Sciences Authority has extended the authorisation of Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine via the Pandemic Special Access Route to children, including those aged six months up to five years old. A decision on the recommendation for vaccination of this age group is expected soon.

“The vaccine will be administered as a ...

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