Beware of Scams

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We are aware of websites, emails, SMS text messages and phone calls falsely claiming to offer registration for COVID-19 vaccination. Please note that registration for the COVID-19 Vaccination can only be done via vaccine.gov.sg. We advise the public to check the MOH website www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/vaccination for information on Singapore's COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Please always verify the authenticity of instructions before offering any personal or financial information. You can also call the MOH hotline at 1800 333 9999 if you have any queries. Thank you.

Clarification on Scams

We are aware of calls falsely informing recipients that they are from MOH, requesting for your personal or financial information over the phone. We urge recipients not to respond to these calls.

Please always verify the authenticity of instructions before offering any personal or financial information. You can verify the authenticity of emails or phone calls by calling us at 1800 333 9999 . Thank you.

Clarification on Healthhub

We wish to clarify that the website https://www.simplyhealthhub.com/ is a private website and not associated with Healthhub or the Ministry of Health. To access the official HealthHub website, click below:

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Falsehoods about COVID-19 infections and treatments

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FAKE NEWS: A a three-year-old preschooler passed away from COVID-19 at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), and the death was deliberately not reported

There is a false statement circulating online in a Facebook post by a user about a three-year-old preschooler who had allegedly passed away from COVID-19 at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), and that the death was deliberately not reported.



FACTS

As of 14 August, there has been no case of any child that has died from COVID-19 at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) or any other hospital in Singapore.

The post also claimed that the “Delta Plus” variant of COVID-19 is now present in Singapore. As of 14 August, MOH has not identified the “Delta Plus” variant in any of Singapore’s known COVID-19 cases.



FAKE NEWS: A teenager has passed away soon after getting his vaccine

There are speculations surrounding an obituary circulating in Facebook, Telegram and WhatsApp chat groups, claiming that the teenager had passed away after getting his COVID-19 vaccination.



FACTS

The death of the teenager is not vaccine-related. It is also unrelated to the gym incident involving a 16-year boy who had a cardiac arrest after exercising. The latter is recovering in the hospital and our best wishes are with him and his family.

We urge the public not to spread unsubstantiated information which may add to the family’s grief or cause public alarm unnecessarily.



FAKE NEWS: A harder-to-detect "Singapore variant" of COVID-19 has been discovered

A message is circulating that says researchers from a mix of Chinese and UK universities have published a paper claiming discovery of a “Singapore variant” that may result in more asymptomatic or mild infections, which are harder to detect.

The paper also claims that this variant is characterised by mutations in the transcription regulatory sequences (TRSs) motif.



FACTS

The TRS motif is involved in subgenomic RNA-RNA interactions, and single nucleotide substitutions may affect the mechanism. This is part of basic science studies into RNA biology of SARS-CoV-2 infections, with implications on virus replication at the cellular level.

It is purely laboratory research and there is no demonstrated correlation with clinical and epidemiological impact.

There is also no basis for labelling it a “Singapore” variant. Our hospitals have not isolated any viral variant that was first detected in Singapore, or reported to the GISAID registry, which is the registry for all detected COVID-19 viral variants.

Mutation in this gene has been reported in many countries and this is not unique to a specific viral variant in Singapore.

Singapore’s NCID reported early last year that the dominant variant seen at the time belonged to the O clade which appeared to be associated with a mild clinical outcome. This clade was first detected outside of Singapore and was already present in other countries prior to its detection here. This O clade has not been isolated in Singapore since Circuit Breaker lockdown.

The Chinese-language paper speculates on the possibility of “super-attenuated” strain (that is, not dangerous) which spreads easily. There is no further basis for such speculation presented.



FAKE NEWS: An autopsy on a patient resulted in changes in treatment protocols

Published: 15 June 2021

A message circulating is claiming that the Ministry of Health has performed an autopsy on a COVID-19 patient, leading to alleged changes in treatment protocols. This is not true.



FACTS

Singapore has not performed such an autopsy. The news states false information concerning the pathophysiology of COVID-19 infection which is not borne out of current evidence. Read more.

An earlier version of this news, which mentioned Russia instead of Singapore, has also been exposed as fake news.

We urge the public not to spread unsubstantiated information which may cause public alarm.



Falsehoods about COVID-19 vaccinations

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FALSE: mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are not effective against Variant of Concerns (VOCs)

Published: 17 June 2021

There are social media messages asserting that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective against Variant of Concerns (VOCs), and that inactivated virus COVID-19 vaccines would provide superior protection.



FACTS

Our assessment, based on a continual review of data and evidence, remains that the PSAR-authorised mRNA vaccines are safe and highly effective, and continue to show protection against the VOCs. Read more.



FALSE: COVID-19 vaccinations can trigger strokes and heart attacks

Published: 15 April 2021

This false impression stems from falsehoods circulating that claims the COVID-19 vaccination has clear and causal links with strokes and heart attacks.

In particular, there are allegations that a doctor had suffered a stroke and an 81-year-old man had passed away from a heart attack as a consequence and result of receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. These allegations are false.



FACTS

As of 14 April 2021, there is no credible evidence that Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which are currently approved and offered in Singapore, increase the risk of strokes or heart attacks.

The medical team caring for the doctor had assessed the doctor’s condition and found it highly unlikely to be related to the COVID-19 vaccination.

Mount Elizabeth Hospital had issued a clarification on 4 April 2021 regarding this. The cause of death of the 81-year-old man was ischaemic heart disease (lack of blood circulation to the heart muscles).

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) Forensic Medicine Division has reported that based on post-mortem, there was extensive narrowing of the three main blood vessels supplying blood to the muscles of the heart due to atherosclerosis (build up of plaques over time in the blood vessels that obstruct blood flow). There was no evidence of acute anaphylaxis or an allergic reaction at the injection site of the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines that are used in Singapore have been assessed to be safe and efficacious by both the HSA and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination.

Medical teams are well-equipped and measures are in place at all vaccination sites to ensure the safety of vaccine recipients pre-, during, and post-vaccination. All vaccine-related incidents are taken seriously and healthcare professionals are required to report these incidents expediently to the Ministry of Health and HSA.