Singapore will begin administering Covid vaccine booster shots to certain groups, including the elderly.

SINGAPORE — Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Residents of nursing homes and those with suppressed immune systems will now be able to receive booster Covid vaccine shots, which will be available to people aged 60 and over.

According to a release issued on Friday, older people will be eligible for a third dose six to nine months after receiving their second dose, while those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised will be recommended to receive boosters two months after receiving their second dose.

These individuals were chosen because they are at greater risk of severe illness as a result of contracting Covid-19 and because they may have a weaker immune response to the vaccine after receiving the first two doses.

Seniors will be notified by text message when it is time to register for their third dose, and health-care providers will administer booster shots to those who are immunocompromised, among other things. According to expectations, the booster program will begin this month.

Countries such as Israel and the United States have already begun administering third doses of the vaccine to their populations.

Vaccination rates in Singapore are among the highest in the world, with 81 percent of the population having received two doses of the flu vaccine. According to Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, during a press briefing on Friday, more than 84 percent of the population has received their first dose of the vaccine.

Despite this, Covid-19 cases have been on the rise in the city-state, with clusters forming around public bus interchanges, migrant worker dormitories, and a shopping mall since restrictions on the virus were relaxed in September.

Tests are being conducted at a higher level.
Local governments are also attempting to increase the number of Covid tests, including self-testing.

As stated in the press release, “we strongly encourage everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, to self-test regularly with Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits as a matter of social responsibility, particularly if you are participating in higher-risk activities or attending large-scale events.”

Regular Covid testing can also be implemented by employers to help prevent workplace clusters.

As of Thursday, a total of 67,991 coronavirus cases had been confirmed in Singapore since the outbreak began, with 55 people dying as a result of the disease and its complications.
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