SINGAPORE – Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary told the European Parliament on Monday about the slots for Covid-19 vaccine for those under 45 years old (April 5).
He added that, on April 3rd, over 1.05 million people had at least one injection of the vaccine, of which about 468,000 had a second dose and were fully immunised.Dr Janil updated this House’s vaccine program in Singapore by pointing out that approximately 60 percent of the eligible seniors aged 70 years and older have earned or have booked their vaccination appointments to date or close to 70 per cent of the eligible seniors aged 60 to 69 years.
Furthermore, about half of 500,000 people aged between 45 and 59 years have so far enrolled for vaccination.”We are encouraged by the strong response,” said Dr Janil, adding that those who have registered for their vaccinations will progressively receive invitations through SMS to make appointments.
“This may take some time given the number who has registered,” he said, adding that about 17 per cent of those aged 45 to 59 have received the vaccination or booked their appointments.The majority should be notified by mid-May, and a booking slot can be expected by early June, he said.
He said in response to MPs who requested updates on the country’s vaccination programme, the number of vaccination centers has currently been extended to 31 and a total of 40 will be established on Island by mid-April.
He acknowledged that Singapore’s vaccine availability remains small due to the high level of global demand from vaccine producers.
“This has resulted in limited booking slots in recent days. I apologise for the inconvenience caused to those who have not been able to book earlier. As more supplies arrive, we will progressively open more slots.”
Source: The Straits Times