People wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against the Covid-19 epidemic in Singapore.
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Singapore — Singapore will extend its Covid vaccination program to all residents over the age of 12 starting early next month.
The government said Thursday that some permanent residents and long-term pass holders could start booking on July 2.
From June 11th, citizens between the ages of 12 and 39 had a priority period to book vaccinations. Singaporeans were initially given a two-week grace period, but the Ministry of Health said the period would be extended by one week.
Southeast Asian countries One of the fastest vaccination deployments Although in the Asia-Pacific region, it lags behind many western countries.
To date, about 3 million people have been vaccinated with at least one Covid vaccination, of which 2 million have been fully vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Health. Singapore has a population of about 5.8 million.
Officials said Singapore would step up its vaccination campaign and increase its daily dose from 40,000 in May to 80,000.
Previous country Extend the period between the first and second doses This is so that more people can receive the first shot. But as the country accelerates its rollout, authorities said some people who had already booked appointments would be able to receive their second shot sooner.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said Singapore aims to fully vaccinate two-thirds of its population by August 9.
“We hope that the vaccine supply will arrive by the end of the year for those who want to take something other than mRNA,” he said. “But in the meantime, keep looking at mRNA vaccines. They work very well.”
Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, co-chair of Singapore’s Covid Task Force, also said authorities are discussing revisions to public health guidelines for fully vaccinated people.
“We can also increase the group size of meetings attended only by vaccinated people and relax the rules of social distance in such situations,” he said at a press conference. He added that it may also apply to concerts and sporting events.
Mr Wong added that the government is working on new guidelines to allow Singaporeans to travel. For example, depending on the country of return, vaccinated people may be exempted or shortened from home notifications and hotel quarantine, he said.
“These are revised guidelines that may apply to vaccinated people. We are still processing them and will announce them when they are ready,” he said.
As of Thursday, Singapore reported 62,493 cases of Covid-19 infection and 35 deaths.
Singapore expands vaccination campaign to everyone over 12 years old on July 2
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