KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — Singapore citizens aged between 12 and 39 can now register for Covid-19 vaccination after the island republic received confirmation of faster vaccine deliveries from suppliers over the next two weeks.
In a press conference on Thursday, Singapore’s Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said local residents in the age group will have a two-week priority window starting today (June 11) to book their appointments.
“This is a big group of about 1.5 million people who have yet to be vaccinated, so Singapore citizens aged 12 to 39 who have yet to be invited will get a two-week priority window to book your vaccination,” said Ong, as quoted by The Straits Times.
Singapore’s Health Ministry said children who turn 12 this year must have crossed their birthday before they are eligible to book an appointment.
Under the national vaccination programme, children or wards below the age of 18 will require the consent of their parent or guardian to book a vaccination appointment. Parents or guardians can register interest for their child or ward to receive the vaccination on vaccine.gov.sg.
“Parents or guardians are reminded to ensure that their child/ward bring along documentary proof of their consent to the vaccination site for verification,” the ministry added.
Parents or guardians of their child or ward aged 13 and above are not required to accompany their child or ward to the vaccination site on the day of vaccination.
However, children or wards aged 12 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Ong said those who book their vaccination appointments at a centre offering the Moderna jab will likely get an earlier slot as younger students are only permitted to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, reports Channel News Asia (CNA).
Upon registration, registrants will be progressively invited to book their vaccination appointments via an SMS with a personalised booking link sent to the mobile number they registered with.
“Registrants can expect to receive this SMS a few days after registration,” the ministry said.
“However, we seek your patience and understanding that the SMS may take up to two weeks for some, as more appointment slots for vaccination will be made available as more supplies arrive.”
It added that those who had registered their interest earlier on vaccine.gov.sg will not need to re-register. The invitation to register will be eventually extended to the rest of the population over the coming months.
Those who have recovered from Covid-19 infection should also receive a single dose of vaccine as there is evidence indicating that a single dose would further boost their immunity against Covid-19, the ministry said.