Singapore announces to give vaccine booster doses as cases rise

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

04th Sep, 2021. 09:18 am

Officials in Singapore announced on Friday that they will start giving coronavirus vaccine booster doses to the elderly and people with weak immune systems, as cases of COVID-19 continue to climb.

As a result of a delta variant outbreak, the city-state has joined a number of countries across the world in giving a third vaccination to the most vulnerable groups.

The third dose has been suggested by an expert committee for people aged 60 and more, as well as those with weak immune systems, according to the health ministry.

According to the health ministry, giving a third vaccine dose to the most vulnerable groups is in accordance with policies in other nations such as Israel and Germany.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a third dose for people with weak immune systems, and it is being considered for the elderly.

As vaccination rates rise, Singapore has adopted a strategy of living with the virus rather than enforcing lockdowns on a regular basis in order to eradicate it.

Although more than 80% of the population has been fully vaccinated, officials insist that lifting domestic restrictions and opening borders will take time.

In recent weeks, Singapore has experienced a steady increase in infection rates, with more than 100 cases per day and regular deaths.

Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said that COVID-19 booster shots will be given to people over 65 and care home patients whose full vaccination is more than six months old.

After the cabinet approved COVID-19 vaccine booster injections for the elderly, vulnerable groups, and health professionals, the decision was made.

People over 65, those in care homes, the immunosuppressed of all ages, and health professionals, according to Hadjipantelas, will be given a third dose if it has been at least six months since their second jab.

The decision comes after the European Medicines Agency recommended that people with significantly weakened immune systems receive additional doses as part of their first vaccine.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, on the other hand, believes that boosters should not be given to the general public.

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