Singapore on Wednesday started vaccinating healthcare staff in opposition to COVID-19 with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and have become the primary Asian nation to take action. Extra healthcare establishments will observe within the coming weeks, with public healthcare establishments and personal hospitals to progressively organize for his or her employees to be vaccinated inside their premises, The Straits Instances reported. Aged individuals aged 70 years previous and above will get the vaccine photographs from February.
Different Singaporeans and long-term residents who’re medically eligible for vaccination will likely be subsequent in line, in line with the report.
The Well being Ministry’s knowledgeable committee had advisable that individuals at excessive danger of being contaminated, together with healthcare staff and front-line staff, must be given precedence for vaccination.
The committee’s suggestions have been accepted on the vaccination technique.
Singapore obtained its first cargo of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech on December 21, with subsequent shares anticipated to reach in batches over a number of months.
Singapore is the primary nation in Asia to acquire the vaccine, which has been administered in different international locations resembling Britain, Canada and the US.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorised by the Well being Sciences Authority (HSA), and the knowledgeable committee has endorsed its use in Singapore for people aged 16 years previous and above.
The vaccine has demonstrated excessive efficacy of 95 per cent and its security profile is in keeping with excessive requirements set for different registered vaccines utilized in immunisation in opposition to completely different ailments, the committee famous.
Whereas vaccination just isn’t a silver bullet that may finish the pandemic instantly, it’s a key enabler to getting Singapore again to a safer state of affairs, the Ministry of Well being had mentioned final Sunday.
It’ll complement the likes of secure administration measures, testing and speak to tracing, to assist Singapore mitigate the unfold of the virus and maintain group transmission low.
The ministry famous that complete vaccination protection within the inhabitants will not directly shield those that can’t be inoculated because of medical causes.
In the long term, wider vaccination among the many group may even allow Singapore to reopen additional as a society and as an financial system and expedite its restoration from the pandemic.
Vaccination will likely be provided on a free and voluntary foundation for all Singaporeans and long-term residents, who’re doubtless to have the ability to get vaccinated by end-2021 if there aren’t any unexpected disruptions to vaccine shipments.
In all, 58,400 folks have recovered from coronavirus, whereas 29 have died because of issues associated to COVID-19 this 12 months.