Ministry of Health has confirmed that a second COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in Singapore. This is manufactured by Moderna, based in the USA. The first batch of the Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in Singapore in March 2021, if there are no disruptions to the shipment schedule.
The Moderna vaccine will be progressively rolled out to individuals aged 18 and above. 2 doses of the vaccine, given 28 days apart, will be required. The Moderna vaccine is the second vaccine to be licensed in Singapore, after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is currently licensed for use in individuals above 16 years old.
The Singapore Government is committed to vaccinating all residents in Singapore, and is aiming to do so by the third quarter of 2021. They are closely monitoring the supplies of both these vaccines to ensure that the supply chain is not disrupted.
As of 2 February 2021, more than 175,000 individuals in Singapore have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 6000 received their second dose, completing the vaccine schedule. They should be adequately protected 2 weeks after their second dose.
Although vaccination is voluntary, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. This protects not only yourselves and the people who are around you, but the larger community who may not be able to receive the vaccine for medical reasons, and the children amongst us as the vaccine is currently not licensed for under 16s.
For more information about the Moderna vaccine from WHO.
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