As Singapore continues to report several hundred new Covid-19 cases daily, the need to build up protection for vulnerable groups becomes more urgent. And the answer to that lies in none other than booster vaccine shots, or a third dose.
In an update on Friday (3 Sep), the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced a booster vaccine programme which commences this month.
The programme will target specific groups that are at greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19.
According to MOH, the programme will target the following subgroups in particular:
Folks in question tend to have lower immune response even after their second dose, which places them at risk of severe illness from the virus.
Therefore, MOH recommends the following next steps for them:
Since the first batch of seniors has likely completed their second doses by March, they can qualify for the booster shot from this month, September 2021.
MOH will provide more specific details regarding the programme at a later date.
Additional doses aside, Singapore has made great strides in ensuring that the elderly population has received its protection.
MOH noted that 90% of seniors between 60 and 69 have received their vaccines.
The statistic is equally high for the 70 and above group, at 84%
Perhaps if this trend persists, we can eventually see more of the country’s population fully vaccinated and protected from the virus.
While there has been no concrete proof yet that the vaccine is particularly effective, the proportion of vaccinated individuals testing positive being consistently smaller is noteworthy.
For individuals and families that may hesitate, this could be the point where they change their minds.
If you know anyone who may qualify for and benefit from this programme, do let them know about it.
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Featured image adapted from NTUC Income, for illustration purposes only.
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