A well being employee prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on the Senja-Cashew Group Centre Vaccination Centre in Singapore on March 8, 2021.
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Beforehand, solely folks 16 and above had been allowed to obtain the shot. The vaccine developed by Moderna is just given to people who’re 18 years and above.
Singapore’s Well being Sciences Authority (HSA) licensed using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youngsters between 12 and 15 beneath the Pandemic Particular Entry Route for emergency therapeutic merchandise.
The nation’s professional committee on Covid vaccines assessed the protection, efficacy and tolerability of the vaccine earlier than endorsing the interim authorization by HSA.
“The info confirmed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated excessive efficacy according to that noticed within the grownup inhabitants,” the ministry of well being stated in a press launch.
“Its security profile can also be according to the identified security profile within the grownup inhabitants and the requirements set for different registered vaccines used within the immunization in opposition to different ailments,” it added.
Singapore additionally introduced that people between the ages of 40 to 44 could be invited to register for his or her vaccinations from Wednesday this week.
The immunization program will proceed to be rolled out in five-year age bands, progressively shifting to youthful teams, the press launch stated.
“Our provide of vaccines has been steadily coming in, however stays restricted given excessive world demand,” it stated.
Nonetheless, the well being ministry stated it is on observe to finish the vaccination program by the tip of the 12 months “if our provides arrive as scheduled.”
As of Could 17, Singapore has administered greater than 3.4 million doses of the vaccine. At the very least 1.4 million people have acquired their second dose.
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