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Updated 27 Oct 2021

Singapore's COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

 Are Short-Term Pass holders eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under the National Vaccination Programme?
A:  The following groups of short-term pass holders are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 under the National Vaccination Programme, fully subsidised by the Singapore Government:
  • Training Employment Pass
  • Training Work Permit
  • Work Holiday Pass
  • Special Pass

Short-Term Visit Pass (STVP) holders who have been in Singapore continuously for at least 60 days will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You will be contacted by MOH if you are eligible.

STVP who have been granted stay of 60 days or more who have not received an SMS from MOH may send their details to the Ministry of Health (MOH) with supporting immigration documentation via www.vaccine.gov.sg/appeal. We will facilitate such appeals on a case-by-case basis.

 How do I sign up? / How do I book a vaccination appointment? 
A: Eligible STVPs who have been granted an extension and have a valid phone number registered with the Government will receive an SMS invitation (within a few days) with a personalised booking link to book their vaccination appointments. You should bring along identifying documents such as your passport or approval of extension for verification.


Training Employment Pass, Training Work Permit, Work Holiday Pass and Special Pass holders, do not need to make appointments and walk-ins are allowed. Those aged 12 years and above may walk-in Vaccination Centres offering the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine and those who are 18 years and above may walk in to Vaccination Centres offering the Moderna vaccine. However, walk-ins will not be accepted at polyclinics and Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs).

If you are eligible for vaccination but did not receive the booking link via SMS, you may contact MOH at 1800 333 9999 for assistance.

 How can I check my vaccination record? 
A: For STPHs, you can access your vaccination records on TraceTogether app within a few days after vaccination. You can also access your vaccinated status on both TraceTogether app and Notarise website (using SingPass to logon) after fulfilling the prevailing minimum waiting period when you are fully vaccinated. 

For STVPs, you can access your vaccination records on TraceTogether app from late September onwards. You can also access your vaccinated status on TraceTogether app (using passport number to logon) after fulfilling the prevailing minimum waiting period when you are fully vaccinated OR from late-September, whichever comes later.

Alternatively, you may refer to your physical vaccination card, which is given to all individuals vaccinated in Singapore, for your vaccination information.

 Am I eligible to make a claim under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme for COVID-19 Vaccination (VIFAP)? 
A:  Short-term pass holders are not covered by the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme for COVID-19 Vaccination (VIFAP). Any medical bills incurred following the vaccination will be subject to prevailing charging policies.
 Among those who have taken COVID-19 vaccination(s) overseas, who can get their overseas COVID-19 vaccination records ingested into the National Immunisation Registry (NIR)?
A:

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Long-Term Pass Holders who have received COVID-19 vaccinations overseas with COVID-19 vaccines authorised by the Heath Sciences Authority under the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) or listed on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) can have their vaccination records updated in the National Immunisation Registry (NIR)  when they return to Singapore. To do so, they should have documentation to show proof of their overseas vaccination and a positive serology test result in Singapore.

To update their vaccination records in Singapore, individuals can visit an approved provider onboard this initiative with their overseas COVID-19 vaccination documentation. Upon a positive serology result, the provider will update the vaccination record in the NIR and will be reflected on individuals’ Trace Together App or HealthHub App.

More details on the process, including the list of the approved providers, can be found here.

 [Updated 27 Oct] How can I register to receive mRNA vaccines?
A:

Singapore residents and Long-Term Pass Holders aged 12* and above can walk in without appointment at any Vaccination Centre offering mRNA vaccines.

Alternatively, you may still register at vaccine.gov.sg. A Short Message Service (SMS) invitation with a personalised booking link to book your vaccination appointments will subsequently be sent to you.

Seniors aged 60 years and above may walk into any of the Vaccination Centres or participating Public Health Preparedness Clinics to receive their first dose of vaccination, without any prior appointment.


*Individuals aged 12 and above for Pfizer BioNtech/Comirnaty vaccine or 18 and above for Moderna vaccine

 [New] How can I register to receive Sinovac-CoronoVac?
 AFor Sinovac-CoronoVac, the appointment booking will be implemented in a phased approach.  

Demographic GroupImplementation Details 
Persons aged 18 and above who are medically ineligible to complete a two-dose regime of mRNA vaccines due to allergies or severe adverse reactionsFrom 20 October 2021, we will progressively invite eligible persons by sending out personalised booking links to the mobile number that was registered earlier when taking the first dose of mRNA vaccine.  

If you belong to this group but have not received the booking link via SMS, you may contact MOH at 1800-333-9999 for assistance. 
Persons aged 12-17 who are medically ineligible to complete a two-dose regime of mRNA vaccines MOH will be in touch with eligible persons in this age group to offer a three-dose primary series using Sinovac-CoronVac under a dedicated public health programme 
Persons who have already taken two doses of Sinovac-CoronaVac and wish to sign up for third doseEligible persons for their third dose of Sinovac-CoronaVac will progressively be invited to receive the vaccination.  

We encourage persons who can take mRNA vaccines to take a mRNA vaccine for the third dose of their primary series, in view of its higher efficacy.  
Persons who wish to sign up for their first dose of Sinovac-CoronaVac More details will be provided at a later date for interested persons to sign up for Sinovac-CoronaVac.  

However, we would still recommend those who can take the mRNA vaccines to complete their primary series regime with two doses of the mRNA vaccines, in view of the lower efficacy of the Sinovac-CoronaVac.

 

Which Long-Term Pass Holders are eligible to receive fully-subsidised COVID-19 vaccinations under the National Vaccination Programme?

A:

The following pass holders are eligible to receive fully-subsidised COVID-19 vaccinations under the National Vaccination Programme as Long-Term Pass Holders:

  • Employment Pass
  • S-Pass
  • Work Permit holders (including Confinement Nannies)
  • Student’s Pass
  • Dependant’s Pass
  • MFA-issued IDs
  • Long Term Visit Pass (and LTVP+)

 

Will Singaporeans and Permanent Residents residing overseas be given the vaccines?

A:

Vaccinations will only be administered in Singapore, and Singaporeans and Permanent Residents medically eligible for the vaccinations have to return to Singapore.


 What is the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) and the Special Access Route (SAR)?
 A:Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR)

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has introduced a Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) to facilitate Singapore's early access to critical novel vaccines, medicines, and medical devices during a pandemic, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines that are PSAR-authorised are robustly and thoroughly reviewed by HSA’s regulators and international scientific standards.

PSAR authorised vaccines which are recommended for use by the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination are also made available to the public under the national vaccination programme.

Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna and Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 Vaccines are currently the only PSAR-authorised vaccines in Singapore. These vaccines are also covered under the national vaccination programme.

Special Access Route (SAR) for unauthorised COVID-19 vaccines

The Special Access Route (SAR) applies only to COVID-19 vaccines that are granted Emergency Use List (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO), and have not been authorised under the PSAR by HSA. These vaccines:

·       Have not been evaluated for the required quality, safety and efficacy standards for import and supply in Singapore by HSA; and

·       Are not subject to HSA’s enforcement and compliance checks on whether they are adulterated, counterfeit or substandard. 

MOH will continue to monitor the situation and may update the list of PSAR and SAR vaccines in due course.

 

How is the vaccination administered?

A:This vaccine is given as an injection into the muscle of your upper arm.

The mRNA vaccines consists of 2 doses, with the second dose due in 3 to 4 weeks. You need both doses to have the full vaccine protection, and for the protection to last as long as possible.

The Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine consists of 3 doses, with the second dose due 28 days after the first dose, and the third dose due 90 days after the second dose. You need 3 doses to have the full vaccine protection, and for the protection to last as long as possible.  

 

How will the government assist persons who suffer from serious side effects following vaccination? Do current insurance policies cover serious side effects related to vaccines?

A:

Like all vaccines, most people who receive the COVID-19 vaccines do not experience side effects. Some may experience mild symptoms, such as pain at the injection site and mild fever, that resolve on their own in a few days. In very rare instances, persons may experience serious side effects, such as a severe allergic reaction.

The Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme for COVID-19 Vaccination (VIFAP) provides one-time goodwill financial assistance to persons who experience serious side effects that are assessed to be related to COVID-19 vaccines administered in Singapore.

To qualify for the VIFAP, individuals must be a Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident or Long-Term Pass Holder who had received the COVID-19 vaccination in Singapore [1] and experienced a serious side effect that is potentially life-threatening or fatal that required inpatient hospitalisation or caused persistent incapacity or disability. A doctor must assess if the serious side effects are linked to the COVID-19 vaccination received by the individual.

To apply for VIFAP, individuals will need to submit an application accompanied by medical information on the serious side effect from their treating doctor. As the severity of serious side effects can be broad-ranging and the clinical assessment by doctors may vary, all VIFAP applications will be assessed and adjudicated by a MOH-appointed independent clinical panel comprising experts in relevant fields such as neurology, immunology and infectious diseases.

More information on how to apply can be found here.

[1] Using COVID-19 vaccines which are approved under the Health Sciences Authority (HSA)’s Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) and/or registered under the Health Products Act.


 

What type of financial assistance will I receive from the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (VIFAP)?

A:

The quantum of the one-time goodwill pay-out under the VIFAP is based on the severity of the serious side effects attributed to the COVID-19 vaccines. Persons may qualify for one of the following tiers of pay-out:

i)  One-time pay-out of $2,000 for individuals who required inpatient hospitalisation and medical intervention, and subsequently recovers;
ii)  One-time pay-out of $10,000 for individuals who required admission to High Dependency or Intensive Care, and subsequently recovers; and
iii)  One-time pay-out of $225,000 for individuals who die or suffer permanent severe disability as a result of COVID-19 vaccination.

The VIFAP is not meant to reimburse medical costs. It provides an additional layer of financial support, on top of the existing government healthcare financing schemes for medical costs incurred, which include government subsidies, MediShield Life, MediSave and MediFund.

The VIFAP will be open for applications from 17 March 2021. More information on how to apply can be found here


 I have received the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine.  Am I eligible for the VIFAP?
 AYou are eligible for the VIFAP if you receive the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine after 23 Oct 2021.

If you had received the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine before 23 Oct 2021 but it was offered to you due to an allergic reaction to the first dose of the mRNA vaccine, you would also be eligible for VIFAP.  

What should I take note of on vaccination day?
A: • Bring your ID (NRIC/FIN/Student Pass) for both appointments
• Please turn up on time
• Please wear short sleeved attire, or sleeves loose enough to be rolled up
• If you are unwell, or had fever in the past 24 hours, stay home and postpone your appointments
 

Can I be vaccinated if I am ill on the day of vaccination?

A:

If you are unwell, please reschedule your vaccination at appointments.vaccine.gov.sg or by clicking on the booking link sent via SMS to your phone at registration.


 

I have missed my vaccination appointment. What should I do?

A:

As much as possible, please turn up for your appointment to avoid denying someone else an appointment slot and to ensure a smooth vaccination process. Nevertheless, we understand that there could be extenuating circumstances (e.g. on MC, personal reasons) which could result in the appointment being missed. If you have missed your appointment, please rebook your appointment via the National Appointment System as soon as possible.

 

 Can both of my COVID-19 vaccine doses be of a different brand? Or if I have completed both doses, can I still get another brand of COVID-19 vaccine to ensure more protection?
A:

The first two doses of the mRNA vaccines should be completed using the same brand. The booster dose can be either Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna, and need not be the same brand as your first two doses.  Sinovac-CoronaVac will not be offered as a booster for persons who had already completed two doses of mRNA vaccine and did not develop any allergies or severe adverse reactions.

Persons who started vaccination with mRNA vaccines but developed allergies or severe adverse reactions after the first dose of mRNA vaccine should complete a three dose primary series regime with two more doses of Sinovac-CoronaVac.  If the allergic reaction happens after the second dose of mRNA vaccine, then he/she should take one more dose of Sinovac-CoronaVac as their booster vaccination when they become eligible for a booster.  

Persons who had received only one or two doses of the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine to-date, are strongly encouraged to complete a three dose primary series regime with the mRNA vaccines as it offers more optimal protection.  


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