From 22 February 2021: All seniors in Singapore to start getting vaccinated…


Hariz Baharudin


SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Covid-19 vaccination programme will enter its next phase on Feb 22, when seniors across the island start getting their jabs, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (Feb 12).

This comes after a month-long pilot, where those aged 70 and above in Ang Mo Kio and Tanjong Pagar – towns with a higher proportion of elderly residents – began receiving their vaccinations from Jan 27.

The multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 will give more details and announce the schedule of these vaccinations, said Mr Lee, who reiterated Singapore’s goal to get the country vaccinated by the third quarter or latest by the end of the year – provided no issues crop up.

Mr Lee was speaking to reporters at Changi General Hospital after visiting essential workers on the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Singapore has placed orders for the vaccines from multiple suppliers to ensure there is enough for everyone here, although there may be some disruptions and delays, noted Mr Lee, who said close to 260,000 people have been vaccinated to date.

“I am reasonably confident that we will get the vaccines that we need this year,” he said.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said last month that Singapore was expecting shipment delays of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines due to upgrades in Pfizer’s manufacturing plant.

Singapore has also authorised the Moderna vaccine, and expects the first shipment to arrive next month , if there are no disruptions to the shipment schedule.

“We have hedged our bets and we have ordered, and pre-ordered vaccines from multiple suppliers. I hope that not all of them will get disrupted,” said Mr Lee.

Mr Lee pointed out that depending on the disruptions to the supply of vaccines and whether they arrive late, Singapore’s vaccination programme might have to be stretched out a bit.

The country will have to keep up its safe management measures longer and more strictly, he added.

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