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Singaporeans can now appeal for early vaccination against COVID-19

With more appeals from the public to receive their vaccination early, MOH has allowed residents with urgent reasons to apply.

Stacey Tay

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Published: 17 March 2021, 3:14 PM

Singaporeans and permanent residents under special circumstances may have the chance to be vaccinated early, according to a press release from the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Mar 16). 

As more vaccinations arrive in Singapore, the ministry will allow Singapore citizens and permanent residents with exceptional circumstances to receive their vaccination earlier. The initiative will remain focused on vaccinating identified priority groups on public health considerations.

MOH will consider applications from those who need to travel overseas for formal education or work, or to visit or care for a critically ill family member that cannot receive the necessary medical treatment in Singapore. 

Individuals who wish to appeal for early vaccination should complete the application form at least eight weeks in advance of their planned departure date to ensure they have enough time to complete the full course of vaccination in Singapore.

The ministry stated that the current vaccines available require two doses three to four weeks apart, and the vaccines will be fully effective two more weeks after the second dose.


MOH also added that priority will be given to those travelling to higher-risk areas due to a limited supply of vaccines and successful applicants will be notified via email. PHOTO CREDIT: CHUTTERSNAP VIA UNSPLASH


The ministry is also working with hospitals and clinics to provide early vaccination for patients with complex chronic medical conditions who are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19 complications. The doctors of these patients will discuss with them on their eligibility for the vaccination individually. 

While COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary, we strongly encourage Singaporeans and long-term residents who are medically eligible to come forward for vaccination when their turn comes,” said MOH.

As of Mar 17, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been made available at four new vaccination sites around Singapore.

Interested applicants can appeal for early vaccination via the MOH website here

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