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People found positive for Covid-19 via antigen rapid self-tests should get booster dose: MOH

In Singapore, Covid-19 booster jabs are recommended from about five months after the last dose of one's primary vaccine jabs.

In Singapore, Covid-19 booster jabs are recommended from about five months after the last dose of one's primary vaccine jabs.

People found to have been infected with Covid-19 but performed only an antigen rapid self-test should get a vaccine booster dose, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (Jan 29).

They should get the booster shot from about five months after the last dose of their primary vaccine jabs, to maintain their full vaccination status from Feb 14 beyond the initial 270 days, MOH added.

This also applies to those discovered to be coronavirus-positive after undergoing rostered routine testing or pre-event testing. 

This is because such persons typically undergo self-isolation, recover from Covid-19 and then resume normal activities. There is, therefore, no record of their infection in Singapore's medical records.

Recovered Covid-19 patients whose infection is reflected in their medical records via the HealthHub portal can choose not to take the booster dose. 

Even so, MOH recommended that people who have recovered from Covid-19 get a booster shot, as it will "confer longer protection into the future".

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