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Organisation : Ministry of Health (MoH)
Facility Name : Booster Vaccination Programme 2022
Applicable For : All persons aged 12 and above
Country : Singapore
Website : https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/vaccination
What is Booster Vaccination Programme?
The COVID-19 vaccination programme protects Singaporeans against COVID-19, as well as businesses and jobs through the progressive re-opening of Singapore. Vaccination is free for all Singaporeans and long-term residents in Singapore. Persons aged 12 and above who have received completed their primary vaccination series. The booster vaccination programme is now extended to all persons aged 12 and above.
Who are Eligible?
Persons aged 12 and above who have received completed their primary vaccination series.
How To Register For Booster Dose?
To Register For Booster Dose, Follow the below procedure
1. Eligible persons for their booster dose will be progressively invited to receive the vaccination and can receive a booster from five months after their second dose. An SMS with a personalised booking link will be sent to the mobile number that you had registered with for your first two doses.
Book an appointment for the booster here : https://appointment.vaccine.gov.sg/
2. Alternatively, if you are between ages 18 and 59 and have completed the last dose of your primary series vaccination, but have not yet received your SMS notification from MOH, you may walk in to any Vaccination Centre offering the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, without an appointment to receive your booster dose.
3. If you are aged 60 years and above, and have completed the last dose of your primary series vaccination, you may also walk into any of the participating Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) or Polyclinics, in addition to the Vaccination Centres, to receive your booster dose without an appointment.
FAQs On Vaccine Booster Programme
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Vaccine Booster Programme.
How To Get Boosted?
** You will receive an SMS with a personalised link to book an appointment at vaccine.gov.sg.
** For persons aged 18 and above: If you have received your 2nd dose at least 5 months ago, but have not received your SMS notification, you may walk-in to a vaccination centre to receive your booster shot without prior appointment.
** From early February 2022, parents/guardians of individuals aged 12-17 will receive SMS notification, to provide consent and book their child/ward’s booster vaccination appointment.
Which Booster To Take?
** For individuals aged 18 and above, you may choose either the Pfizer-BioNTech/COMIRNATY vaccine or the Moderna vaccine.
** You do not need to receive the same vaccine you had received for your previous 2 doses.
** Individuals aged 12-17 will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech/ Comirnaty vaccine for booster dose.
When Should I Get Boosted?
You should receive your booster dose no later than 270 days after the last dose in the primary vaccination series. From 14 Feb 2022, persons aged 18 years and above who have completed the primary vaccination series and are eligible for booster vaccination will be considered as fully vaccinated for 270 days after the last dose in their primary vaccination series. The same will apply to persons aged 12-17 from 14 March 2022
Why is there a need for a booster dose?
Local and international data show reduced vaccine protection against COVID-19 infection from around six months after completion of the last vaccine dose in the primary vaccination series or earlier. The level of protection drops even further over time. There is also some reduction in protection against severe disease, particularly in older persons.
In addition, international studies have shown that the protection against Omicron variant infection by a primary vaccination series is weaker compared to previous variants, and that boosters increase the protection against infection and severe illnesses caused by Omicron. As such, booster vaccination is crucial to ensure continued protection against COVID-19.
Is a booster dose safe?
Yes, the EC19V has assessed that the benefits of another dose of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the recommended groups. There is now good international data that a booster dose of the vaccine is safe, enhances protection against COVID-19 infection and ensures continued excellent protection against severe disease.
Most side effects are mild or moderate, and usually get better within a few days. As with all vaccines and medications, there is a small risk of serious adverse events. Countries which have been providing booster doses have not reported any safety concerns.