Singapore rolled out the nation’s first Covid-19 vaccine booster programme at the moment (September 15), with over 100 senior residents already taken their third shot at one of many many vaccination facilities islandwide.
The Ministry of Well being (MOH) will ship invites to a complete of 140,000 seniors over the following few days to make an appointment for his or her booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
Tanjong Pagar Neighborhood Membership and a few vaccination centres, polyclinics, and collaborating Public Well being Preparedness Clinics throughout Singapore will even supply seniors their third dose.
One of many first to obtain a booster shot was 73-year-old retired NTUC Revenue chief govt, Tan Kin Lian, at a vaccination centre run by Raffles Medical Group at Teck Ghee Neighborhood Membership.
Over 100 seniors had acquired their booster pictures on the centre by midday.
“In case you’re unvaccinated, you’re 5 to eight instances extra more likely to endure severe sickness,” stated Mr Tan, who took the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Regionally transmitted Covid-19 circumstances are on the rise
The variety of Covid-19 circumstances in Singapore have been on the rise recently, with 832 new regionally transmitted circumstances reported at the moment, up from 328 circumstances only a week in the past.
Of the brand new circumstances reported at the moment, 231 had been seniors above the age of 60, in line with the MOH. 809 sufferers had been hospitalised, most of whom had been nicely and below statement.
Nevertheless, 75 had been significantly in poor health and required oxygen supplementation, 3 times that of final week, and 9 sufferers had been in vital situation within the intensive care unit (ICU).
Of those that have fallen significantly in poor health, a complete of 66 had been seniors above the age of 60.
MOH is presently monitoring a complete of 14 lively clusters. Ren Ci nursing residence in Bukit Batok and All Saints Dwelling in Jurong East have been recognized as Covid-19 clusters, that are reported to be rising.
Covid-19 circumstances in two dormitories are additionally recognized as clusters — Avery Lodge Dormitory now has a complete of 82 infections, whereas 11 Tuas Ave 10 dormitory reviews 21 infections.
80 per cent of S’poreans are totally vaccinated
On Monday (Sept 13), 81 per cent of Singapore’s inhabitants had accomplished their full vaccination routine, having acquired two doses of Covid-19 vaccines. 84 per cent of the inhabitants have acquired a minimum of one dose.
The nationwide vaccination programme has since administered over 8.87 million doses of vaccines, protecting round 4.56 million folks, 4.42 million of whom are totally vaccinated.
By Tuesday, Singapore reported a complete of 73,131 Covid-19 circumstances, and 58 associated deaths.
The Company for Built-in Care urged seniors to get their Covid-19 booster pictures if eligible, and stay residence as a lot as doable.
Seniors aged 60 and above are beneficial by the Professional Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination, to get their booster pictures six to 9 months after finishing two doses.
A consultant from Raffles Medical stated that seniors are free to decide on between the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for his or her third dose, however should make an appointment beforehand on the centre that gives their most popular vaccine.
Those that had acquired the primary two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are allowed to get a Moderna booster, and vice versa.
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