Singapore extends Covid-19 shots to children aged 12 and above

Currently one third of Singapore’s population is fully immunised and officials are aiming to get at least half of the population fully immunised by August,

Singapore residents who have recovered from the virus are also eligible to receive a single dose to boost immunity. File photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

CAPE TOWN, June 11 (ANA) – Singapore extended its national Covid-12 vaccination programme on Thursday to allow young people aged 12 to 39 to sign up for shots.

According to Singapore-based news channel Channel NewsAsia (CNA), residents who have recovered from the virus are also eligible to receive a single dose to boost their immunity.

Currently one third of Singapore’s population is fully immunised and officials are aiming to get at least half of the population fully immunised by August, with data showing that around 49,000 people are receiving jabs per day.

“Look at the experience in America as an example, more than 40% of people in America are fully vaccinated, two doses,” Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 told reporters.

“And about 10% of them have been infected with the virus … With that coverage, already you can see the infection rates are steadily coming down.”

The Straits Times reported that Singapore officials made the decision to extend the programme after they received confirmation pointing to the faster delivery of vaccines over the next two months.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung told a news conference on Wednesday that those aged 39 and younger were the last remaining group to be vaccinated, and assured residents that the vaccination rollout was going well, with more than 4.4 million doses already administered.

“This is a big group of about 1.5 million people who have yet to be vaccinated, so Singapore citizens aged 12 to 39 who have yet to be invited will get a two-week priority window to book your vaccination,” said Ong

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa

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