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 COVID-19 Jab Plan

Dr Fong said there were no plans by the ministry to make the rollout compulsory, however, this may change should there be an urgent justification to do so.
22 Jun 2022 10:45
 COVID-19 Jab Plan
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and Doctor James Fong.

Children from the age of five to 11 can receive their COVID-19 vaccines from Saturday, July 2.

Ministry for Health and Medical Services, Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong outlined the ministry’s plans for the deployment of the vaccine yesterday.

Dr Fong said there were no plans by the ministry to make the rollout compulsory, however, this may change should there be an urgent justification to do so.

He emphasised the importance of children being vaccinated to be protected from COVID-19.

“The rollout does involve parental consent and I do not envision it to be a compulsory thing in school unless we find an urgent justification for it,” he said.

He said the rollout would involve assimilating the deployment of the vaccines into schools’ vaccine programmes.

“This time it’s going to be a more deliberate process of achieving as much vaccination as possible.

“We do know that getting a lot of vaccination in school children will actually help protect the vulnerable.”

Dr Fong said the vaccines would also allow the ministry to further reduce the ability of the virus to transmit throughout the community.

How safe are the vaccines?

Dr Fong reminded parents that these vaccines have undergone a stringent process of working out whether it was safe or not.

“I would suggest to them that we have had immunisation for many years and all vaccines go through a stringent process of working out whether it is safe or not.

“At the end of the day, just as you trust the process where you take the tablets, the same as we take the vaccine.

He said the vaccine had been studied enough to declare that it was safe.

He added that there were guidelines for parents and health staff to follow closely when vaccinating children.

“Usually for us when someone is acutely sick, we don’t give the vaccine.”

He said there were a number of Standard Operating Procedures that were related to this that would be taken to mitigate the risk.

“Clinically there is no bigger risk involved but as a general rule for us, anyone that is acutely sick we will not vaccinate.”

Survey

Dr Fong said the ministry was still in the process of collating data on the survey questions that were sent out on mobile phones weeks ago.

He said the ministry would be training its staff on the rollout of the vaccines and would be discussing the results of the survey.

He added that some parent’s would be hesitant as much as there would be some parents that were also angry with the ministry for not starting the vaccine programme.

“We have a lot of reaction across the board, and I do expect that some parents may not feel or have different ideas of the efficacy or the side effects of the vaccine”.

 



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