Wed. May 18th, 2022

SINGAPORE-From Saturday (October 9), healthcare professionals, frontline workers and people aged 30 and over will be invited to take covid-19 vaccine enhancers.

They will join those aged 50 to 59 who have received their booster shots from 3 October.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said booster jabs will be administered to these groups of people who received their two-dose regimen at least six months ago.

“Our healthcare and front-line workers are more likely to come into regular contact with Covid-19 cases during their work and are at greater risk of infection,” it said.

In a statement, the Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination said that health and frontline workers have a 1.4 to 2-fold increased risk of becoming infected in the midst of the current increase in Covid-19 cases.

“In addition, they can take care of vulnerable people like the elderly and people with medical conditions,” it added.

Those in institutions like prisons and care facilities will also get booster jabs, MOH said, as these places are indoor settings with higher human density and thus predisposed to major outbreaks of Covid-19.

“We are also working with various institutions to gradually roll out booster vaccinations to eligible individuals in institutionalized environments,” the ministry added.

In addition, extending the booster program to those 30 years and older will help increase the overall level of protection in the population, MOH said.

The Committee of Experts noted that while the two-dose vaccine continues to “provide excellent protection against serious illness”, there are now signs of diminishing protection against infection over time.

Therefore, booster doses may help reduce the risk of infection and Covid-19 transmission.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung spoke at a press conference of the multi-ministry task force, saying data have shown that giving them between the ages of 30 and 49 an amplifier job will improve their protection against infection and serious illness.

The risk of serious side effects is low and not different from the first two doses, he added.

From Saturday, people in this group will receive an SMS with a personal booking link on the mobile number that they had previously registered for their first two doses, to book an appointment on this site.

They can get their booster dose at any vaccination center or participating Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC).

On Thursday (October 7), nearly 372,000 people received their booster dose.

About 57 percent of people aged 50 to 59 and 72 percent of seniors aged 60 and over have either booked an appointment or have already received their booster dose.

In addition, MOH recommended that those who are moderately and severely immunocompromised receive a third dose of the mRNA vaccine two months after their second dose.

These include persons with the following conditions:

– Transplanted patients on immunosuppressive therapy, including solid organ and allogeneic stem cell transplants

– Cancer patients in active treatment with chemotherapy and immunosuppressive treatment

– Blood cancers, such as lymphoma and leukemia

– Immunosuppressive treatment of non-cancerous diseases

– Kidney disease in the final stage

– Advanced or untreated HIV

These people can take their booster dose six months after the third dose.

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