SINGAPORE – People under the age of 45 will be asked to book places to vaccinate Covid-19 from June, if everything goes as planned, Senior Health Minister Janil Puthucheari said in parliament on Monday (April 5th).
He added that as of April 3, about 1.05 million people had received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which more than 468,000 people had received the second dose and had undergone the full vaccination regimen.
Renewing the House of Representatives vaccination program in Singapore, Dr Janil said about 60 per cent of older people aged 70 and almost 70 per cent of older people aged 60 to 69 had been vaccinated with Covid-19 or had booked a vaccination. to date.
In addition, so far about half or about 500,000 residents between the ages of 45 and 59 have registered for vaccinations.
“We are encouraged by a strong response,” Dr. Janil said, adding that those who have registered for vaccinations will gradually receive invitations via SMS to schedule appointments.
“It may take some time, given the number of those who have registered,” he said, adding that about 17 percent of people between the ages of 45 and 59 have been vaccinated or signed up for an appointment.
The rest should receive an SMS by mid-May, and they can expect a place to book by early June, he added, answering a question from lawmakers who asked questions about the country’s vaccination program.
To date, the number of vaccination centers has been increased to 31, and by mid-April, 40 vaccination centers will operate across the island, he said.
He noted that supplies of vaccines to Singapore remain limited by the ability of vaccine manufacturers to deliver them, given the high level of global demand.
“As a result, there have been few places to book in recent days. I apologize for the inconvenience that we were unable to make an order before. As new deliveries arrive, we will gradually open new slots.”