The Big Story: Bookings for Covid-19 vaccination for younger children to start Dec 22

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Covid-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11 will begin next Monday (Dec 27), with bookings opening from Wednesday - first for Primary 4 to 6 pupils.

The vaccination exercise for more than 300,000 children will be done across 15 paediatric centres, which will be rolled out in batches.

The Ministry of Education and the Early Childhood Development Agency announced on Tuesday details for the vaccination programme, which will be open to all children who are Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders.

Education correspondent Amelia Teng shares more on the announcement.

Meanwhile, the Anytime Fitness outlet in Bukit Timah - Singapore's first suspected Omicron cluster - has undergone a round of cleaning and remains open for business, but some gym-goers are choosing not to return for fear of getting infected.

In a post on Instagram, the gym in Bukit Timah Shopping Centre said it was alerted to the Covid-19 cases on Monday.

It added that the premises will go through another round of cleaning, and that the cases had visited the gym at least five days ago.

Also on the show, The Big Story speaks to Dr Chia Lingyi, the founder of Before Beyond - a network website that provides an online space for people who are coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.

Dr Chia is one of the profiles for The Straits Times' Causes Week 2021. The campaign shines a light on various individuals and groups, and shows how they are making a difference through their chosen causes within the community.

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