73,000 in 12-39 age group have made appointments as S’pore expands Covid-19 vaccination programme

SINGAPORE – Around 73,000 people aged 12 to 39 have booked their vaccination appointments as at noon on Friday (June 11), the first day in which Singapore has extended its vaccination programme to this age group.

The Ministry of Health (MOH), in an update to The Straits Times, said that the figure accounts for almost three-quarters of the 100,000 people in the age group who have received their SMS invitations to book appointments for vaccination.

“More SMS invitations will be sent out progressively as more vaccination slots are made available for booking,” it said.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a multi-ministry task force press conference on Thursday that as the 12-39 age group is a large one of 1.5 million people, the Singapore citizens among them will have a two-week priority window to book their appointments.

He also suggested that those who opt for the Moderna vaccine are more likely to get an earlier slot, compared with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, as younger students aged 12 to 15 are only able to take the Pfizer vaccine.

Checks by ST found that the earliest vaccination slot for the Moderna vaccine is on Saturday, while the next available slot for the Pfizer vaccine is on June 21.

Mr Ong had also said that as at Wednesday, 4.4 million doses had been administered, with more than 2.5 million people receiving at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This translates to around 44 per cent of the population who have received the first jab.

Nearly three-quarters of seniors above the age of 60 have received at least one dose of the vaccine or have booked an appointment for vaccination, said Mr Ong.

For the 45-48 age group, this is at 74 per cent, and 65 per cent for those aged 40 to 44, who started getting vaccinated on May 19.

For students, about 85 per cent of them have either received their first dose or booked their appointment, he added.

MOH on Thursday said that those in the eligible age group of 12 to 39 can register online.

After registration, people will be progressively invited to book their vaccination appointments via an SMS with a personalised booking link sent to the mobile number they have registered with, said MOH.

Children or wards under the age of 18 will require the consent of their parent or guardian to book an appointment, it added.

“However, we seek your patience and understanding that the SMS may take up to two weeks for some, as more appointment slots for vaccination will be made available as more supplies arrive,” said MOH.

Those who had registered their interest earlier on vaccine.gov.sg will not need to re-register. The invitation to register will be eventually extended to the rest of the population over the coming months, said the ministry.

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