Booster programme for seniors kicks off

The city-state has kicked off its national Covid-19 vaccine booster programme, with more than 100 seniors having taken their shot at one of the many centres islandwide.

Over the next few days, a total of 140,000 seniors will receive invitations from the Ministry of Health (MOH) to make an appointment to receive their booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Seniors can also receive their third dose at Tanjong Pagar Community Club and some vaccination centres, polyclinics and participating Public Health Preparedness Clinics.

Former NTUC Income chief executive Tan Kin Lian was among the first in line at Teck Ghee Community Club, home to a vaccination centre run by Raffles Medical Group.

By noon, more than 100 seniors had taken their third shot at the centre.

“I’m in favour of vaccinations. If you’re unvaccinated, you’re five to eight times more likely to suffer serious illness,” said Tan.

“People are getting quite frightened as the number of cases rises,” said the 73-year-old.

Retired clerk Ronnie Lee, 79, also took his booster shot yesterday morning as he was concerned about the rise in Covid-19 cases in the community.

“I read in the papers that unvaccinated senior citizens face more problems. It’s for your own good to get the vaccine,” he said.

Lee, who experienced mild soreness in his arm after the first jab, added that he would go for more booster shots in the future.

“I believe it’s the same as flu. I get the flu jab every year,” he said.

Raffles Medical Group, which runs 14 vaccination centres, said that more than 200 seniors will be receiving their booster shots at Tanjong Pagar CC.

Encouraging seniors to go for their jabs, Raffles Medical added that its vaccination centres at Teck Ghee and Tanjong Pagar are built to be senior-friendly.

The healthcare provider said: “These include wheelchair access, vaccination booths, waiting area chairs with arm supports.” — The Straits Times/ANN

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