COVID-19 vaccinations open to rest of Singapore's population from 2 July 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations open to rest of Singapore's population from 2 July 2021

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Good news: This means Permanent Residents, long-term pass holders, and other eligible members of the population aged 12 to 39 years will be able to get vaccinated. 

Starting 2 July 2021, Singapore will be extending its national vaccination programme to the rest of the population, including all Permanent Residents and long-term pass holders aged 12 to 39 years.

In a statement on Thursday (24 June), the Ministry of Health said these individuals can register their interest for the vaccination and will be progressively invited to book their vaccination appointments from 2 July onwards, via a SMS with a personalised booking link sent to the mobile number they registered with.

The ministry added: "If supplies continue to arrive as planned, we will be able to substantially cover most of our population with a first dose sometime in July, and would have achieved our objective of giving as many people as possible some protection. We will therefore also review the current dose interval of six to eight weeks with a view to shorten it to four weeks.

"This will allow more of our population to complete their vaccination with two doses and receive maximum protection sooner. More details will be announced when ready."

Overall, Singapore will also be accelerating the national vaccination programme starting tomorrow (Saturday, 26 June), having been able to bring forward the delivery of vaccine supplies. 

The Ministry stated: "Under this accelerated programme, we will be able to administer up to 80,000 daily doses, up from 47,000 today and around 40,000 in May 2021. We expect to add another 500,000 new first dose appointments in the next few days for slots from now till mid-July, with additional slots in the subsequent weeks."

In line with this, the Government is extending the priority window by a week for Singapore Citizens aged 12 to 39 years, up till 1 July 2021, to allow more time for individuals who register to book slots and receive an earlier vaccination appointment from the additional slots to be opened soon.

"We therefore encourage those individuals in this group who have not yet registered to do so by 1 July 2021 to enjoy priority for booking a vaccination slot."

Those who have already booked a slot for their first dose and have appointments in mid-to-end July 2021 are also encouraged to bring forward their appointments, "so that they can protect themselves and their loved ones sooner."

Eligible individuals who have registered for vaccination and yet to receive a booking link can expect to receive an SMS with a personalised booking link to make an appointment within the next week.

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