Prudential extends coverage to children and youth under 18 who may be hospitalised for side effects arising from COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Complimentary PRUSafe COVIDCover includes S$100 daily hospitalisation cash allowance for up to 14 days
  • PRUSafe COVIDCover policyholders will have access to video consultations with a doctor via the Pulse app at a flat fee of S$5 per session
  • Coverage is extended till 31 December 2022 for new and existing PRUSafe COVIDCover policyholders

SINGAPORE –
Media OutReach – 18 March 2022 – Prudential Singapore (“Prudential”) is offering complimentary coverage to children and youth aged 5 to 17 years old[1] who may be hospitalised for side effects[2] resulting from COVID-19 vaccinations.[3]

Under the complimentary plan,
PRUSafe COVIDCover, these young Singapore residents will receive a cash allowance of S$100 per day of hospitalisation[4] for up to 14 days, should they be hospitalised within 7 days of receiving each COVID-19 vaccination dosage. This includes the booster dose for individuals aged 12 and above. Currently, the national vaccination programme is open to Singapore citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders aged 5 and above.

Mr Goh Theng Kiat, Chief Customer Officer, Prudential Singapore, said that it is important that the community stays protected as we continue to live with the pandemic.

“We want to support our customers and the community in keeping with the evolving COVID-19 situation and Singapore’s progress on its vaccination strategy. By extending
PRUSafe COVIDCover to children and youth as well, parents can have greater peace of mind as we do our part to stay safe in this pandemic while returning to normalcy,” said Mr Goh.

Infections in Singapore remain high amidst the Omicron wave with children more likely to be infected by the Omicron variant compared to the Delta variant. The Ministry of Health shared in February 2022 that children aged 5 to 11 have the highest infection rate of COVID-19 in Singapore, followed by those aged 12 to 19.[5]

As of 14 March 2022, 25 per cent of children aged 5 to 11 remain unvaccinated.[6]

Prudential had launched
PRUSafe COVIDCover on 26 January 2021 to provide support to individuals aged 18 and above who may be hospitalised for side effects arising from COVID-19 vaccinations. The plan was made available to 100,000 Singapore residents including non-Prudential customers, and has now been expanded to include children and youth.

Parents can sign up for
PRUSafe COVIDCover for their children[7] aged 5 to 17 years old via Prudential’s digital health and wellness app, Pulse by Prudential (“Pulse”), from 17 March 2022 to 30 November 2022. The coverage is effective from 17 March 2022 or date of registration, whichever is later, and ends on 31 December 2022.

24/7 Video Consultations with a Doctor via the Pulse app at S$5

All policyholders of
PRUSafe COVIDCover including children and youth[8] who have signed up will also have access to video consultations with a doctor via the Pulse app at a flat fee of S$5 per session. They can connect with the doctors 24/7 on a variety of health-related concerns, including COVID-related queries.[9] The fee of $5 is available for the term of the policy and does not include cost of medication and delivery.

Extension of coverage for new and existing PRUSafe COVIDCover policyholders till

31 Dec 2022

Prudential has extended coverage till 31 December 2022 for existing PRUSafe COVIDCover policyholders who signed up for the plan last year. Complimentary coverage for these policyholders would have ceased on 31 January 2022 but had been automatically extended so that those going for booster shots can continue to be covered. They had been informed of the extension of their policy in January.

PRUSafe COVIDCover was offered as an extension of Prudential’s PRUcare package, which aims to support individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.[10]

Singapore residents who wish to sign up for
PRUSafe COVIDCover can access it via Pulse. The app is available to everyone in Singapore, and users do not need to pay any subscription fee. New policyholders who sign up this year will also enjoy coverage till 31 December 2022.

For more information on PRUSafe COVIDCover, please refer to the footnotes or visit
https://www.prudential.com.sg/prusafecovidcover.

How to register for PRUSafe COVIDCover

Notes to the editor:

  • For more information on the launch of
    PRUSafe COVIDCover, please view the launch press release
    here.
  • Pulse by Prudential can be downloaded from the
    Apple App Store (iOS users) and
    Android Play Store (Android users).
  • For more information on Pulse by Prudential, please visit the website
    here and view the launch press release
    here.
  • For more information on microinsurance products available on Pulse by Prudential, please click
    here.

 


[1] MOH | Child Vaccination. As at the time of this media release, all children who have crossed their 5th birthday in 2021 are eligible to book a vaccination appointment. PRUSafe COVIDCover is open to Singapore residents which include Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders (Long Term Visit Pass, Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, Student Pass).

[2] The side effects of COVID-19 vaccinations must be diagnosed in Singapore by a Registered Medical Practitioner and the life assured has to be hospitalised in Singapore on the recommendation of a Registered Medical Practitioner. For more information, please refer to
https://www.prudential.com.sg/prusafecovidcover

[3] The COVID-19 vaccination needs to be authorised by the Singapore Health Sciences Authority or under the Special Access Route and administered on the recommendation of a Registered Medical Practitioner. The COVID-19 vaccine must be administered after the cover start date of the policy for a claim to be made. For more information, please refer to
https://www.prudential.com.sg/prusafecovidcover

[5] MOH | News. Speed by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Health at the Singapore Healthy Quality Service Awards 2022.

[7] Pulse app users have to be Singapore residents aged 18 and above.

[8] Children and youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent during the consultation.

[9] The Pulse consultation is not part of the Ministry of Health’s Home Recovery Programme.

 

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