About 3,200 seniors in S’pore obtain Covid-19 vaccine booster photographs as programme begins

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About 3,200 seniors in S’pore obtain Covid-19 vaccine booster photographs as programme begins


SINGAPORE – Singapore kicked off its nationwide Covid-19 vaccine booster programme on Wednesday (Sept 15) with about 3,200 seniors receiving the jabs.
Greater than 12,000 seniors have booked an appointment for his or her booster photographs, stated Minister for Well being Ong Ye Kung in a Fb publish on Wednesday evening.
Mentioned Mr Ong: “That is an encouraging begin and we hope extra seniors can take their booster shot. The shot will higher defend you for a lot of extra months, and even longer.”

Over the subsequent few days, 140,000 seniors will obtain invites from the Ministry of Well being (MOH) to make an appointment to obtain a booster dose of both the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
Seniors can even obtain their third dose at Tanjong Pagar Neighborhood Membership and a few vaccination centres, polyclinics and collaborating Public Well being Preparedness Clinics.
Former NTUC Revenue chief govt Tan Kin Lian was among the many first in line at Teck Ghee Neighborhood Membership, dwelling to a vaccination centre run by Raffles Medical Group.

By midday, greater than 100 seniors had taken their third shot on the centre.
“I am in favour of vaccinations. When you’re unvaccinated, you are 5 to eight occasions extra prone to undergo severe sickness,” stated Mr Tan, who went after his morning train.
“Individuals are getting fairly frightened because the variety of instances rises,” stated the 73-year-old who took the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Retired clerk Ronnie Lee, 79, additionally took his booster shot on Wednesday morning as he was involved in regards to the rise in Covid-19 instances locally.

“I learn within the papers that unvaccinated senior residents face extra issues. It is to your personal good to get the vaccine,” he stated.
Mr Lee, who skilled delicate soreness in his arm after the primary jab, added that he would go for extra booster photographs sooner or later.
“I imagine it is the identical as flu. I get the flu jab yearly,” he stated.
Raffles Medical Group, which runs 14 vaccination centres, advised The Straits Occasions that greater than 200 seniors shall be receiving their booster photographs at Tanjong Pagar CC on Wednesday.
The Straits Occasions understands that some seniors managed to stroll in to Teck Ghee CC and a few vaccination centres on Tuesday to get their booster photographs, with no prior appointment.

Over at Tanjong Pagar, greater than 200 seniors had acquired their booster photographs by Wednesday, Raffles Medical Group, which runs 14 vaccination centres, advised ST. 
Encouraging seniors to go for his or her jabs, Raffles Medical added that its vaccination centres in Teck Ghee and Tanjong Pagar are constructed to be senior-friendly. 
The healthcare supplier stated: “These embrace wheelchair entry, vaccination cubicles, ready space chairs with arm helps.”

On Wednesday, Mr James Ng, 67, who acquired a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at Tanjong Pagar CC, stated he did so after having seen Israel efficiently roll out its booster programme. 
The semi-retired tour information stated: “I didn’t have any uncomfortable side effects after each doses, however my spouse had a fever, so I used to be fearful at first. However once I noticed how Israel didn’t report any booster dose-related incidents, I felt calmer.” 
He added: “I don’t know if we’ll need to take a fourth booster shot like what Israel is planning. This virus mutates, so we actually need to adapt accordingly.”
Retired NTUC Revenue chief govt Tan Kin Lian ready to be discharged after receiving his booster jab at Teck Ghee Neighborhood Membership on Sept 15, 2021. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
A senior getting her booster shot at Tanjong Pagar CC on Sept 15, 2021. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
In a Fb publish on Wednesday, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, 62, posted {a photograph} of himself receiving a booster dose, including that the doses will assist cut back the transmission of Covid-19 and defend people. 
On Tuesday, 755 new instances had been reported locally, the very best in additional than a 12 months. Amongst these instances had been 231 seniors aged 60 and above.
The Ren Ci nursing dwelling in Bukit Batok, with 29 instances as at Tuesday, and All Saints Dwelling in Jurong East, with 11 instances, have emerged as Covid-19 clusters.
On Wednesday, 30 residents of NTUC Well being Nursing Dwelling in Geylang East acquired their Covid-19 vaccine booster photographs by way of a cell vaccination workforce.

On Wednesday, the Company for Built-in Care (AIC) urged seniors to remain dwelling as a lot as attainable and to get their Covid-19 vaccine booster photographs if eligible.
In his Fb publish, Mr Ong stated that the Authorities will work with the Folks’s Affiliation and AIC’s outreach arm, the Silver Technology Workplace, to encourage seniors to take booster doses. 
The Skilled Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination had advisable that individuals aged 60 and above ought to obtain their booster photographs six to 9 months after the preliminary two doses.
Seniors can select between the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine for his or her booster shot, however they should make an appointment on the website providing their most well-liked vaccine, stated a Raffles Medical spokesman.
“Mixing of the 2 mRNA manufacturers between the first vaccination course of two doses and the booster is allowed.”
Senior Minister of State for Well being Janil Puthucheary stated in Parliament on Tuesday that Singapore is in talks to acquire non-mRNA vaccines for its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme, and will use these in a booster shot roll-out.



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