1.8m have received at least 1 dose of Covid-19 vaccine in S'pore; younger people to be included

SINGAPORE – Younger people will be invited to receive Covid-19 vaccinations from the later half of May, but these will be rolled out progressively given the limited supply of the jabs, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday (May 11).

In a ministerial statement on Singapore’s response to the pandemic, Mr Gan also revealed that as at May 9, about 1.8 million individuals had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of this number, about 1.2 million people have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen.

He also said that about two-thirds of eligible people aged 45 and above have received the Covid-19 vaccination, or booked their vaccination appointments.

But he added that this is not enough, and called for more people to encourage seniors to get jabbed.

“Take-up has been encouraging… However, we need to continue to encourage seniors to be vaccinated as, given their age, they are the most vulnerable. I urge all of us to encourage our elderly family members too,” said Mr Gan.

He was responding to questions from MPs, including Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC) and Ms Ng Ling Ling (Ang Mo Kio GRC), who had asked about Singapore’s vaccination programme, which has been under way since last year.

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