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Dr Fong: Don’t Vaxx Kids Who Are Sick

Only children who are fully recovered should get vaccinated for COVID-19, he adds.
06 Jul 2022 12:00
Dr Fong: Don’t Vaxx Kids Who Are Sick
Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong.

Parents are advised that children who are acutely sick will not be administered their COVID-19 vaccines until they have fully recovered.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary, Dr James Fong, made the statement as the ministry begins its rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11 years today.

Dr Fong said there were strict guidelines for parents and health staff to follow closely when vaccinating children, starting today.

 

“Usually for us when someone is acutely sick, we don’t give the vaccine. So there are a number of Standard Operating Procedures that are related to this that will be taken to mitigate the risk,” Dr Fong said.

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

Dr Fong said these vaccines underwent stringent process to determine if they were safe to use.

 

“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,” he said.

“At the end of the day, just as you trust the process where you take the tablets, the same as we take the vaccine. It has gone through the stringent process and it is optimal for use.”

“I do know that the vaccine has been studied enough to declare that it is safe.”

 

Administration of Vaccine

Dr Fong said the ministry, through the 22 Subdivisions with its school health teams, had been leveraged to carry out the planned vaccination rollout.

“The Vaccination Roll out will commence in the Central Division on tomorrow (today), followed by the Western Division then Northern together with the Eastern Division. All school sites have been contacted to be potential vaccination sites.

 

“The Health Facilities will also host vaccine clinics, as well as Pfizer vaccine clinics on weekends and the School Holidays.”

“The Sub Divisional Mobile Teams will also implement a homebound vaccination program that will be available to ensure that homebound children aged 5-11 will have access to immunizations if not available through their Schools.”.

 

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