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Updated as of 18 Jun 2021

Singapore's COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

 

Which groups are prioritised groups to receive the vaccination, and what is the rationale for prioritising them?

A:

There is a general consensus globally on the need to prioritise vaccination based on the following principles:

 

a. Sustain healthcare and COVID-19 response systems

b. Reduce morbidity and mortality among those at greatest risk

c. Protect those at increased risk due to their living or working conditions (e.g. settings with the potential for rapid transmission and large outbreaks)

d. Maintain the function of society as a whole with a view to maximise benefits and minimise harms.

As vaccine supply will arrive in Singapore in batches over several months as manufacturers increase their production of vaccines, vaccination should start with groups who are at greater risk and hence most in need of protection with COVID-19 vaccination, including healthcare workers and COVID-19 frontline workers, as well as vulnerable groups at greater risk of severe disease from COVID-19 infection, such as the elderly.


 

Can Singaporeans who are required to travel for work and studies opt in to receive early COVID-19 vaccination?

A:

Vaccine supplies continue to be limited. Our focus thus far has been to vaccinate identified priority groups on public health considerations. As more supplies arrive, we will consider allowing Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents with very exceptional circumstances to receive their vaccination earlier.

 

Singaporeans and PRs with compelling reasons such as travel for education, employment or compassionate grounds, may now submit appeals for early vaccination. The criteria and application form can be found at https://www.vaccine.gov.sg/appeal.


 

Are PRs, persons on Long Term Visitor Pass, Employment Pass, S Pass, Work permit, and dependant pass holders considered long-term residents in Singapore, and eligible for vaccination for free?

A:

Yes, persons on Long Term Visitor Pass, Employment Pass, S Pass, Work permit, and dependant pass holders will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations for free when it is made available to them.


 

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

A:

Vaccinations will be offered in Singapore, and Singaporeans and Permanent Residents medically eligible for the vaccinations will be able receive them here (i.e. if they fly back to Singapore) when it is made available to them.


 

How is the vaccination administered?

A:

This vaccine is given as an injection into the muscle of your upper arm and consists of 2 doses, with the second dose due in 6 to 8 weeks. You need both 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.

The VIFAP will be open for applications from 17 March 2021. 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


 

Where will my vaccination records be kept?

A:

The vaccinations records will be kept electronically in the National Immunisation Registry. You may view your vaccination status and record on HealthHub.


 [Added 18 Jun]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.

 

[Revised 18 Jun] 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:

All vaccines requiring 2 doses should be completed using the same brand. There is no data at this time to support switching vaccines between dose 1 and dose 2, except for very specific medical conditions, and it is therefore not advisable to do so.

 

There is no recommendation at this time for someone who has completed 2 doses of PSAR-approved COVID-19 vaccine to get further vaccinated with another brand of COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have previously taken a vaccine that is not approved under the National Vaccination Programme, you are advised to take 2 doses of the approved ones.
 
The Ministry of Health will provide recommendations as follow-up data become available from studies, if a booster is required later on.

 

Why do we need to have a two-step booking process?

 A:

As part of the two-step booking process, individuals must first (i) register their interest to be vaccinated at vaccine.gov.sg, and then (ii) receive a Short Message Service (SMS) invitation (within a few days to up to three weeks after registration) with a personalised booking link to book their vaccination appointments.

 

This two-step process is necessary to ensure that we have verified the correct mobile number being used by the interested individuals to process their bookings, and more importantly, allow us to balance the demand for vaccination slots with our existing vaccine supplies. Our supply of vaccines remains limited by the ability of vaccine manufacturers to deliver at a faster rate, given the high levels of global demand. This may result in limited booking slots, and hence a longer wait for some before they receive their booking SMS. As more supplies arrive, we will progressively invite more individuals to book their appointments. 

 


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