Singapore-Ministry of Health (MOH) said Monday (July 25) that Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 6 months to 4 years will be prepared for the fourth quarter of this year.
“MOH is currently making the necessary preparations to deploy the Covid-19 vaccine for infants aged 6 months to 4 years,” said a spokesman for the ministry. I am aiming for that. “
This happens after two children under the age of four have been reported dead in Covid-19 in the last two months.
According to the MOH, the rate of deaths from children under the age of 4 due to Covid-19 is comparable to other infectious diseases such as pneumonia and the flu.
As of July 23, MOH said there were two Covid-19 deaths among children aged 0 to 4 years.
“This is equivalent to 3 deaths per 100,000 people in the same age group, compared to 99 deaths per 100,000 people in the group over 40 this year,” the ministry added.
MOH states: “Before Covid-19, in 2018 and 2019, MOH recorded 3.1 deaths of children aged 0-4 years per 100,000 person-years from pneumonia and influenza.
“We used 2018 and 2019 as a comparison because the public health measures deployed during the Covid-19 pandemic significantly reduced the number of pneumonia and influenza.”
MOH added that children under 4 years are much more resilient than older patients, but more vulnerable than older children and young adults.
Of the 1.7 million Covid-19 cases reported since the onset of the pandemic, about 64,000, or 3.9 percent, were children under the age of five, MOH said.
The majority of these 64,000 children recovered without problems at home, and 0.022% reportedly needed oxygen supplementation or were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).
By comparison, 0.17 percent of patients over the age of 40 require ICU care.