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S’pore launches Covid-19 vaccine booster programme – over 100 seniors have taken their shot

Singapore rolled out the nation’s first Covid-19 vaccine booster programme as we speak (September 15), with over 100 senior residents already taken their third shot at one of many many vaccination facilities islandwide.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will ship invites to a complete of 140,000 seniors over the following few days to make an appointment for their booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Tanjong Pagar Community Club and a few vaccination centres, polyclinics, and taking part Public Health Preparedness Clinics throughout Singapore can even supply seniors their third dose.

One of the primary to obtain a booster shot was 73-yr-previous retired NTUC Income chief government, Tan Kin Lian, at a vaccination centre run by Raffles Medical Group at Teck Ghee Community Club.

Over 100 seniors had obtained their booster photographs on the centre by midday.

“If you’re unvaccinated, you’re five to eight times more likely to suffer serious illness,” stated Mr Tan, who took the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Locally transmitted Covid-19 instances are on the rise

The variety of Covid-19 instances in Singapore have been on the rise these days, with 832 new domestically transmitted instances reported as we speak, up from 328 instances only a week in the past.

Of the brand new instances reported as we speak, 231 had been seniors above the age of 60, in line with the MOH. 809 sufferers had been hospitalised, most of whom had been effectively and below statement.

However, 75 had been severely unwell and required oxygen supplementation, 3 times that of final week, and 9 sufferers had been in important situation within the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those that have fallen severely unwell, a complete of 66 had been seniors above the age of 60.

MOH is at the moment monitoring a complete of 14 lively clusters. Ren Ci nursing residence in Bukit Batok and All Saints Home in Jurong East have been recognized as Covid-19 clusters, that are reported to be rising.

Covid-19 instances 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 absolutely vaccinated

On Monday (Sept 13), 81 per cent of Singapore’s inhabitants had accomplished their full vaccination routine, having obtained two doses of Covid-19 vaccines. 84 per cent of the inhabitants have obtained no less than one dose.

The nationwide vaccination programme has since administered over 8.87 million doses of vaccines, masking round 4.56 million individuals, 4.42 million of whom are absolutely vaccinated.

By Tuesday, Singapore reported a complete of 73,131 Covid-19 instances, and 58 associated deaths.

The Agency for Integrated Care urged seniors to get their Covid-19 booster photographs if eligible, and stay residence as a lot as attainable.

Seniors aged 60 and above are really useful by the Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination, to get their booster photographs 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 their third dose, however have to make an appointment beforehand on the centre that gives their most well-liked vaccine.

Those who had obtained the primary two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are allowed to get a Moderna booster, and vice versa.

Featured Image Credit: Getty Images

#Note-Author Name – Clarice Theo

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