In making an update on Singapore’s vaccination exercise so far, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore has come a long way since vaccinations began in December last year.
Healthcare and front-line workers, and most 45-year-olds or older, have already received at least the first dose, while vaccination for those aged 40 to 44 is underway.
The Covid-19 multidisciplinary working group has announced that Singapore will accelerate vaccinations in the next two months and prioritize the first dose of vaccinations.
This is currently underway, as the government is working to protect as many Singaporeans as possible, especially with the advent of new variants of the Covid-19.
Prime Minister Lee stressed that this approach will quickly provide the maximum number of people with good protection, rather than a good number of people with maximum protection.
However, the obstacle lies in the limited supply of vaccines. Prime Minister Lee said the government has been working hard to confirm and speed up vaccine deliveries from suppliers, adding that the nation has received additional confirmation of faster vaccine deliveries over the next two months.
The latest supply schedule will allow the country to further boost its vaccination program and offer it to everyone, even ahead of schedule.
Students will be as follows
Prime Minister Lee said the next group to be vaccinated will be students, as there has been an increase in the number of infected children in schools and enrollment centers in the latest outbreak.
He added that the government will take advantage of the June holidays to vaccinate them. Reservations will open tomorrow (June 1), with priority for graduate cohorts for levels O, N and A, as well as students with special needs.
Other students 12 years of age or older will be the following, including students in higher education institutions.
After Singapore has vaccinated students, the last remaining group of young adults aged 39 and under will be vaccinated. This should start around mid-June.
Noting that this group is quite numerous, he said Singaporeans among them will have a two-week priority window to book their appointments first, before the government opens them to the rest of the people who want to get vaccinated.
Today, nearly four in ten residents have taken at least one dose of the vaccine. Prime Minister Lee set out the next goal, which is to vaccinate two-thirds of residents with at least the first dose.
With the accelerated vaccination program, the country should be able to do so in early July, as long as supplies arrive as planned, he added.
Anyone who meets the requirements for a vaccine and wants one should be able to get at least the first punch on national day. Prime Minister Lee urged Singapore residents, young and old, to show up to get vaccinated once it’s their turn.
With the most infectious virus strains, Singapore needs to vaccinate as many people as possible to get herd immunity or get closer to it, he said, adding that this is the way to protect everyone and resume more normal activities. .
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