The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) outlined plans on 14 Dec 2020 to enable Singaporeans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, noting that it will allow our economy to open up and more social activities to resume.
In order to do this, the safety and efficacy of the vaccines are key. Singapore has put in place stringent processes to assess the safety of the vaccines we bring in:
Advanced Purchase Agreements with pharmaceutical companies
Singapore has signed Advance Purchase Agreements with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac, and are in discussions with a few other pharmaceutical companies.
HSA has authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for pandemic use in Singapore, and the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines is expected to arrive in Singapore by end-December 2020. Subsequent batches from the three companies will arrive in 2021.
Singapore is also a strong supporter and active participant in the work of the global COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility and has entered into a Commitment Agreement to give us the right to purchase a certain amount of vaccines.
Vaccinations will be free
All Singaporeans and long-term residents will be able to get vaccinated by end-2021.
Vaccination is strongly encouraged for everyone, but it is voluntary. The vaccination will be free.
Singapore will be progressively vaccinated
Priority for vaccination will go to those at greater risk. These include:
Vaccination will be deferred for the following groups until more data on safety and efficacy for these groups is available:
The Expert Committee will share its detailed advice on the overall vaccination strategy for Singapore and its specific recommendations on each of the vaccines in the coming weeks.
Vaccination not a silver bullet
While comprehensive vaccination coverage in the population will enable Singapore to re-open further and expedite recovery from the pandemic, it is not a silver bullet.
Singapore cannot let its guard down. Continue to be vigilant, keep up with good practices and abide by safe management measures.
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