UPDATE (29 Jan): PM Lee has received his 2nd dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Friday (29 Jan) at the Singapore General Hospital.
Describing the jab as “quick and painless”, PM Lee took the chance to urge fellow Singaporeans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus when the vaccine becomes available to them.
Though the Covid-19 situation in Singapore remains largely under control, vaccination has been identified as the solution that would allow us to return to pre-Covid days.
Earlier, around 40 staff from the National Centre of Infectious Diseases (NCID) were among the first in Singapore to receive their vaccines, as part of a small-scale test run.
NCID Staff To Receive Covid-19 Vaccine From 30 Dec, Other Healthcare Institutions Will Follow Soon
On Friday (8 Jan), Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong received his first of 2 jabs that’s part of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. He will receive the 2nd dose 3 weeks later.
This marks the official start of the vaccination programme for healthcare workers here in Singapore.
According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), PM Lee received his vaccine at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) together with around 90 of the hospital’s staff.
Senior Staff Nurse Fatimah, who assisted with the vaccination injection even took a wefie with PM Lee afterwards.
Describing the experience, PM Lee said it was “painless” and encourage Singaporeans to take the jab as it is gradually made available to members of the public.
Professor Kenneth Mak, Director of Medical Services, also received his Coivd-19 vaccine on the same day.
Following the jab, PM Lee and Prof Mak were observed for 30 minutes to ensure they do not develop side effects.
The Prime Minister will return for his second dose of the vaccine 3 weeks later.
PM Lee had earlier said that older members of the Cabinet will be getting themselves vaccinated early to show that the vaccine is safe.
Healthcare staff from hospitals and polyclinics will reportedly get their vaccinations from Friday (8 Jan).
Vaccination for the elderly and those from more vulnerable groups will begin next month.
We are heartened that PM Lee and other leaders are leading by example and taking the vaccine early to show that it is safe for everyone.
Hopefully, there are no severe side effects to the vaccine, allowing us to return to pre-Covid days once a significant segment of our population has received it.
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Featured image adapted from PM Lee Hsien Loong on Facebook.
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