With more and more vaccines flowing into Singapore, the city-state has announced that thus far, more than 6,200 people have already received their first doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in a recent statement that Singapore aims to have up to eight vaccination centres up and running by the end of February.
These centres will include to facilities at Changi Airport Terminal 4 and the Raffles City Convention Centre, both of which are already operational. Two additional centres will be located at the former Hong Kah Secondary School and Woodlands Galaxy Community Club that will be ready next week.
Another four centres will be ready in February, and more centres will be progressively opened as Singapore expands its vaccination programme, added Gan, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force tackling Covid-19.
Shots will also be given at polyclinics and general practitioner clinics. Gan urged other Singaporeans to get vaccinated when their turn comes, stressing that this is key to the further reopening of activities in the community and economy.
The pace of vaccination is being ramped up from this week, with close to 2,800 vaccinated on Tuesday, said Mr Gan. He added that the first four centres have been located in various parts of the island to provide greater accessibility and convenience.
Singapore initiated a nationwide vaccination drive on 30 December last year, as the first batch of vaccines began arriving. If all goes to plan, Singapore will have enough vaccines to vaccinate everyone on the island by the third quarter of this year.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – the only one approved in the city-state to date – requires two injections, given 21 days apart. Singapore is expecting more Covid-19 vaccine deliveries in the next few months, including from US biotechnology firm Moderna and China’s Sinovac.