Senior Citizens 60 & Above Can Now Get 3rd mRNA Vaccine Jab
The announcement was made by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) during a virtual press conference on September 3, Friday.
Looks like a COVID-19 booster shot is going to be rolled out in Singapore soon.
The highly prioritized groups are the immunocompromised individuals and senior citizens (60 years old and above). This was the decision of the Ministry of Health (MOH) after it received advice from the Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination (EC19V).
The two groups who will be prioritized are the persons who are moderately or severely immunocompromised; and those who are above 60 years old (needless to say, including those in aged care facilities).
Why these two groups?
The MTF noted that immunocompromised persons have a reduced immune response to vaccination, and are also at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
The third dose should ideally be the same mRNA vaccine, and to be taken 2 months after their 2nd dose.
These vulnerable groups should also receive a booster dose of Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) mRNA vaccine 6-9 months after completing their initial course of vaccination regimen.
Singapore currently has the Pfizer-BionTech Comirnaty and Moderna vaccines available.
More details will be shared soon.