Individuals carrying face masks as a safety measure towards the unfold of Covid-19 in Singapore.
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SINGAPORE — Singapore will develop its Covid vaccination program to all residents 12 and older beginning early subsequent month.
The federal government stated Thursday that some everlasting residents and long-term go holders can start reserving appointments on July 2.
Since June 11, residents between the ages of 12 and 39 had a precedence window to e-book vaccinations. Singaporeans had been initially given a two-week window, however the Ministry of Well being stated that interval shall be prolonged by one week.
Authorities authorized the usage of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youngsters 12 to fifteen years outdated in mid-Could.
The Southeast Asian nation has one of many quickest vaccination rollouts in Asia-Pacific, however lags many international locations within the West.
The well being ministry stated round 3 million individuals have acquired no less than one dose of the Covid vaccine up to now, of whom 2 million have been totally vaccinated. Singapore’s inhabitants is round 5.8 million individuals.
Singapore shall be ramping up its inoculation marketing campaign, growing day by day doses to 80,000, up from 40,000 in Could, authorities stated.
The nation beforehand extended the duration between first and second doses in order to allow more people to receive their first shot. But as the country speeds up its rollout, officials said some people who have already booked appointments will be able to receive their second shots sooner.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said Singapore aims to have two-thirds of its population fully vaccinated by August 9, the country’s National Day.
Ong added that the country has signed an advanced purchase agreement with biotech firm Novavax. Last week, the company said its vaccine candidate was 90.4% effective overall in a phase three clinical trial.
“We hope the vaccine supplies can arrive before the end of the year for those who want to take something that is not mRNA,” he said. “But in the meantime, please continue to consider mRNA vaccines. They work very well.”
Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs Singapore’s Covid taskforce, also said authorities are discussing revising public health guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated.
“We could allow gatherings involving just vaccinated persons to have larger group sizes, and also relax the social distancing rules in such settings,” he said during a press conference, adding that this could apply to religious services, concerts and sporting events.
Wong added that the government is working on new guidelines for people in Singapore to be able to travel. For example, stay-home notices or hotel quarantines may be waived or shortened for vaccinated people, depending on the country they are returning from, he said.
“These are the, potentially, revised guidelines that will apply to vaccinated persons. We are still working through them and we will announce them when we are ready,” he said.
As of Thursday, Singapore has reported 62,493 cases of Covid-19 infections and 35 deaths.