Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

A healthcare professional delivers surgical gloves that draw COVID-19 vaccine fluid from the vial to vaccinate a patient

A healthcare professional withdrawing COVID-19 vaccine fluid from the vial to vaccinate a patient. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE-Booster vaccination shots are offered to people aged 30 and over who have completed their vaccination program about six months ago from Saturday (October 9), the multi-ministry task force on COVID informs.

An SMS with a personal booking link will be sent to the mobile number that the persons had registered for their first two doses to book an appointment. They may receive their booster dose at any vaccination center or attend the Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC).

Similarly, booster shots will be offered to health professionals and COVID-19 frontline workers who have completed their vaccination program about six months ago. The authorities are working with various institutions to gradually roll out booster vaccinations to eligible persons in institutionalized environments.

The announcement comes following the recommendations of the Committee of Experts on COVID-19 Vaccination (EC19V) for people aged at least 30 and health and frontline workers to get their booster shots.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement that healthcare professionals and front-line staff are more likely to come into regular contact with COVID-19 cases and are at greater risk of infection.

Persons and staff in institutionalized environments, such as prisons and care facilities, are in an environment prone to major outbreaks of COVID-19.

“Extending the booster program to people aged 30 and over will also help increase the overall level of protection of the population,” MOH said.

On October 3, the Singapore Booster program launched for people aged 50 to 59, in addition to those aged 60 and over.

As of October 7, nearly 372,000 people have received their booster dose. About 57 percent of people aged 50 to 59 years and 72 percent of older people aged 60 years and over who are eligible for their booster dose have either booked an appointment or have already received their booster dose.

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