Singaporeans Can Now Choose Their Covid-19 Vaccine

Singaporeans Can Now Choose Their Covid-19 Vaccine

The vaccination programme is slated to end by this year.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme for Singapore is slated to be completed by the end of this year, stated Minister for Health, Gan Kim Yong, at a press conference on Wednesday, 24 Mar 2021. So far, almost 500,000 Singaporeans have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations, where they’ve received both doses of the vaccination. 

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Introducing the Moderna vaccine

The first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech arrived on Singapore’s shores last December while Singapore began the administration of the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday, 17 Mar 2021. As it’s offered at 11 out of the 38 vaccination centres (VCs) around Singapore, one thing to note – when it comes to your turn for vaccination registration – is that each VC offers only one type of shot, so both the first and second shots have to be taken at the same VC. 

Most Singaporeans who have undergone the Covid-19 vaccination programmes have expressed indifference over the type of vaccine offered, simply opting for the VC that’s nearest to them. One difference between the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots is that the former requires a three-week window between the first and second dose, while the former is a four-week period

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You may refer to the Ministry of Health’s website for more information on vaccination centres and vaccines that are now available in Singapore. There’ll definitely be a VC near you; VCs include community centres, polyclinics, and selected Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs). 

For those under the age of 45, you won’t have to wait for too long before it’s your turn to get vaccinated, said Senior Minister of State for Health, Janil Puthucheary, in Parliament on Monday, 5 Apr 2021. If you’re under the age of 45, you can register for vaccination from Jun 2021 onwards.

What to do for now?

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While we’re waiting for our turn to be vaccinated and yearning to be tourists in a foreign land again, we need to remember that the likelihood of borders reopening hinges on the nature of the situation elsewhere in the world. Thus, why not take the time to be tourists in our own country in the meantime? 

Also read: 5 Scenic Driving Routes in Singapore to Get Away From It All

We’re surely all hoping for travel to become a norm again – but let’s take the time to reflect on what matters most: Staying safe, healthy, and protected. Travelling can always happen when it is safe to do so. 

Also read: Vaccinated Against COVID-19? Here’s A List of Countries You Can Visit

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