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Letter from Principal & CEO

1 Jun 2021

 

Dear Student,

 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been working tirelessly to keep Temasek Polytechnic (TP) safe for students and staff. This has enabled teaching and learning to continue in TP amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and this would not have been possible without the good work and cooperation from everyone.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

 

2.    Singapore has commenced COVID-19 vaccination since the end of last year, with the plan to vaccinate the population progressively in the coming months. While COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory, the government is strongly encouraging all Singaporeans and residents to take up the vaccination when it is made available to them given that vaccination is one of the key enablers for Singapore to emerge safely and as quickly as possible from the pandemic.

 

3.    As announced by MOE on 31 May 2021, we will be extending the vaccination exercise to our students including polytechnic students. By 6 June 2021, you should have received an SMS invitation to book your vaccination. Once you receive your SMS notification and have decided on the vaccination, do book an appointment as early as possible.  You are strongly encouraged to choose the earliest convenient slot, and take advantage of the term break. 

 

Info Kit for Parents

Find out all you need to know about vaccinating your child in this kit specially prepared for parents.

 

FAQ

 

 

1. Why are students being prioritised for vaccination? Should my child be vaccinated?

1. Why are students being prioritised for vaccination? Should my child be vaccinated?

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) are prioritising the vaccination of students as part of ongoing national efforts to keep our education institutions and the wider community safe.

While vaccination is not mandatory, we encourage all medically eligible individuals aged 12 years and above to take up vaccination when this is made available to them. The risk of community spread remains, and comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 vaccination can significantly reduce the chances of COVID-19 infection for students and help to reduce the severity of the disease. 

2. Will the vaccine protect students against new variants of COVID-19?

2. Will the vaccine protect students against new variants of COVID-19?

There is evidence that the vaccines do confer protection against the variants. Nevertheless, it is an evolving area of study, and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination (EC19V) are closely monitoring this issue.  

3. Why is parental consent required for students below the age of 18?

3. Why is parental consent required for students below the age of 18?

Consent from a parent or a legal guardian is a legal requirement for medical procedures in minors.

4. Will students be able to choose which vaccine they would like to receive?

4. Will students be able to choose which vaccine they would like to receive?

Based on the HSA’s approval of the medical suitability of the vaccines, individuals below the age of 18 will only be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, while individuals aged 18 and above will be offered a choice between the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Both vaccines have been assessed by HSA to meet the safety and efficacy standards. We encourage students to make a vaccination appointment as early as possible upon receiving their SMS notification.

5. When will the vaccination commence for students? How long will the vaccination exercise last for?

5. When will the vaccination commence for students? How long will the vaccination exercise last for?

The vaccination exercise for students will commence with invitations for vaccination appointments to be progressively sent out from 1 June 2021.

Students who are not able to get vaccinated during the duration of the vaccination exercise may do so later when the vaccination is open to the general public for their age bands, and if they are medically eligible to do so at that point in time. 

While vaccination is not mandatory, we encourage all medically eligible individuals to take it up when offered to them. The risk of community spread remains and comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 vaccination can help protect individuals as well as the wider community against the virus.

6. How long do parents/students have after receiving the SMS to book their vaccination appointment?

6. How long do parents/students have after receiving the SMS to book their vaccination appointment?

The SMS includes a unique booking link to make an appointment to be vaccinated. They have 14 days from the receipt for the SMS to schedule an appointment via the booking link.

Within the 14 days, they will have priority to schedule their appointment. If they have not booked a slot within the 14-day time limit but are still keen to be vaccinated, they may re-register their interest and be notified to make an appointment when there are slots available. They can re-register by clicking on the same unique link in the original SMS notification.

7. Where can I get help to complete the medical declaration form?

7. Where can I get help to complete the medical declaration form?

Parents/guardians and students may contact MOH at 1800 333 9999 if they require assistance for the medical declaration form.

8. If students are unable to get vaccinated during the duration of the vaccination exercise (e.g. due to being unwell or overseas), will they be able to get vaccinated later?

8. If students are unable to get vaccinated during the duration of the vaccination exercise (e.g. due to being unwell or overseas), will they be able to get vaccinated later?

Students who are unable to get vaccinated during the duration of the MOE vaccination exercise may do so later when vaccination is open to the general public for their age bands and if they are medically eligible to do so at that point in time.

9. Will school activities be affected for students who receive the vaccination? Can students schedule their vaccination during school hours?

9. Will school activities be affected for students who receive the vaccination? Can students schedule their vaccination during school hours?

To minimise disruption to school activities, we encourage students to:

  • Schedule their vaccination early as soon as possible;
  • Consider the timing for both their first and second doses when scheduling their vaccinations; and
  • Sign up for slots during this term break or on weekends, if they are able to.

10. What should students or their parents do if they have yet to receive the SMS for the vaccination?

10. What should students or their parents do if they have yet to receive the SMS for the vaccination?

Students aged 18 and above will receive SMS invitations directly. For students below 18 years of age, SMSes will be sent to their parents or guardians. Students who have yet to receive a SMS by the dates stipulated by their institutions should inform their designated point-of-contacts in their institutions quickly for assistance.

11. What happens if students miss their vaccination appointment? Will they be allowed to make another appointment?

11. What happens if students miss their vaccination appointment? Will they be allowed to make another appointment?

Students who miss their first vaccination appointment during the duration of MOE’s vaccination exercise will be able to reschedule later when the vaccination is open to the public for their age bands, if they are medically eligible to do so then.

If students miss their second vaccination appointment, they should contact MOH at 1800 333 9999 for further assistance.

12. Will students be allowed time off from their school/IHL to take their vaccines? How would this work and be facilitated by schools/IHLs?

12. Will students be allowed time off from their school/IHL to take their vaccines? How would this work and be facilitated by schools/IHLs?

Students who are getting vaccinated during school hours, as well as those feeling unwell from the side effects of the vaccine, would be given time off and deemed to be on medical leave. To facilitate this, parents/students should provide evidence of their vaccination appointment.

Students in polytechnics should try to book their appointments at a time when they are available, according to when their schedule allows for the flexibility. Students can apply for time off on a case-by-case basis.

13. For IHL students, what happens if I have side effects from the vaccination and am unable to take examinations, assessments or attend classes?

13. For IHL students, what happens if I have side effects from the vaccination and am unable to take examinations, assessments or attend classes?

IHL students who have side effects from the vaccination should inform their IHLs that they are unwell and unable to attend school. If the symptoms persist or get worse, they should see a doctor. If they are unable to attend their examinations and assessments, they should inform the IHLs immediately so that the institutions can provide timely advice and assistance.

14. Will Safe Management Measures (SMMs) in schools and other education institutes change after the vaccination exercise is completed?

14. Will Safe Management Measures (SMMs) in schools and other education institutes change after the vaccination exercise is completed?

The COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing symptomatic disease for the vast majority of those vaccinated, but it is still possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected. While the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are highly effective, they are not 100 per cent effective.

To continue to keep our schools and education institutes safe, the SMMs will remain even after the vaccination exercise is completed. The SMMs will be adjusted in accordance with the prevailing national posture

 

 

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