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Covid-19 vaccination to be extended to Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 from June 11

SINGAPORE — From Friday (June 11), Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 can register for an appointment to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

Covid-19 vaccination to be extended to Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 from June 11

A vaccination centre for students at ITE College Central.

  • Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 may book vaccine appointments from June 11
  • Those who have recovered from Covid-19 more than six months ago may also sign up for a single shot
  • By June 9, Singapore has given more than 4.4 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine

 

SINGAPORE — From Friday (June 11), Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 can register for an appointment to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday that after registration, those in this age group would be invited to book their appointments progressively via an SMS (short message service) message with a personalised booking link. 

Registrants can expect to receive this SMS message a few days after registration.

“However, we seek your patience and understanding that the SMS may take up to two weeks for some, as more appointment slots for vaccination will be made available as more supplies arrive,” MOH said in a statement.

Children who turn 12 this year must have crossed their birthday before they may book an appointment. 

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, who co-chairs the Government’s Covid-19 task force, told reporters at a press conference that there are about 1.5 million people aged 12 to 39 who have yet to be vaccinated. 

Singaporeans in this age group would receive a “two-week priority window” to book their appointments. 

RECOVERED PATIENTS

From Friday, those who have had, or recovered from, Covid-19 more than six months ago may also register for a single booster shot of the vaccine, MOH said. 

This is provided that they are part of a population group already eligible for vaccination. 

This group is being prioritised, since patients who have recovered from the coronavirus are likely to still have a strong immune response that has not faded within the first six months of infection.

It is recommended that patients who have been infected with Covid-19 receive a single vaccine dose, based on evidence showing that this would further boost their immunity against the disease. 

PARENTAL CONSENT 

Under Singapore’s vaccination exercise, those below 18 must obtain the consent of their parents or guardians to book a vaccination appointment. 

Parents or guardians may register interest for their child or ward to receive the jabs on the vaccine.gov.sg website. 

As part of the process, they will be required to give consent for their child or ward to receive the vaccine. 

Parents or guardians must accompany children aged 12 to vaccination sites. Those aged 13 and older will not need accompaniment. 

VACCINATION PROGRESS 

By Wednesday, Singapore has given more than 4.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. 

About 2.5 million people have received at least the first dose. Some 1.9 million of them have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen.

“That means about 44 per cent of our population has received at least one dose of the vaccine,” Mr Ong said. 

“We are now (administering) about 49,000 doses on a daily basis. And we have the capacity to maintain this acceleration of our vaccine roll-out provided our supplies are steady and continue to arrive.”

Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, another co-chair of the task force, said that Singapore expects half its population to be fully vaccinated in August, with this rate rising to 75 per cent or more by October.

Right now, only vaccines by American pharmaceutical firm Moderna, and a tie-up between United States firm Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, have been approved for use here.

Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for those aged between 12 and 17.

Mr Ong said that given this, those who are invited to book their vaccination slots are more likely to get an earlier slot if they go to a vaccination site that offers the Moderna jab.

Overall vaccine uptake has been rising. 

About 74 per cent of eligible seniors aged 60 and older, nearly 74 per cent of eligible persons aged 45 to 59, and 65 per cent of eligible vaccine recipients aged 40 to 44 have received their shots or booked their appointments.

Mr Ong added that since the Government allowed those above 60 to walk in for vaccinations without registrations, 11,500 of them have done so.

As for students, about 85 per cent have received their first vaccine shot or booked their appointments. 

And more than a third of about 32,000 people who previously could not be vaccinated owing to drug or food allergies have booked an appointment, after MOH’s expert committee deemed the shots safe for this group.

Among all Covid-19 cases here since April 11, 9 per cent of those who were not inoculated against the coronavirus developed serious illness and needed oxygen support or intensive care. 

In contrast, 0.8 per cent of those who were vaccinated needed oxygen support, Mr Ong said.  

MOH said that vaccination remains a “key enabler and its ability to help Singapore reopen safely can only be felt when we can collectively achieve a high level of population coverage for vaccination”. 

“Hence, we urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated, when it is offered to you.”

It added that there will be further relaxations of the regulations — such as for group gathering and event sizes, capacity limits, distancing rules, mask wearing and travel — when a sufficient share of the Singapore population has been fully vaccinated. 

This will apply especially to those who are vaccinated against Covid-19.

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