S'pore could start giving Covid-19 booster shots from Feb. 2022, may mix vaccines

About a year after the national vaccination programme was launched.

Nigel Chua | July 10, 2021, 09:54 AM

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An additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccine may be administered here, as a booster shot for better immunity against the virus and potential new variants.

This might happen at around Chinese New Year in Feb. next year, health minister Ong Ye Kung said in an Instagram Live session on Jul. 8 that was reported by Lianhe Zaobao.

The first day of Chinese New Year in 2022 falls on Feb. 1.

Ong explained that this would be about a year after the national vaccination programme was launched.

Covid-19 vaccines were administered for the first time in Singapore on Dec. 30, 2020.

Ong said that the effectiveness of the vaccines is around one to two years, and therefore, those who had been vaccinated may need these booster shots for immunity against Covid-19 and potential new variant strains which may emerge in the future.

Not ruling out mixing vaccines

Ong said that the current stock of vaccines is sufficient for the population to be fully vaccinated. However, Singapore may need to place orders for more vaccine doses in order to administer booster shots.

The authorities are not ruling out allowing people to use different types of vaccines, Ong added, saying that the effectiveness of mixing vaccines was being studied both here and overseas, and that he believed that mixing vaccines would be feasible.

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