SINGAPORE – Around 73,000 people between the ages of 12 and 39 have booked their vaccination appointments on Friday (June 11) at noon, the first day Singapore extended its vaccination program to this age group.
The Ministry of Health (MOH), in an update to The Straits Times, said the figure represents nearly three-quarters of the 100,000 people in the age group who have received their invitations via SMS to book appointments for vaccination .
“More invitations will be sent via SMS as more vaccine bookings become available,” he said.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a news conference on Thursday that as the 12-39 age group is large, 1.5 million people, Singapore citizens will have a window two-week priority to book appointments.
He also suggested that those who opt for the Modern vaccine are more likely to get an earlier slot, compared to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, as younger students aged 12 to 17 can only take the Pfizer vaccine.
ST controls found that the first vaccine for the Modern vaccine is on Saturday, while the next available slot for the Pfizer vaccine is on June 21st.
The Ministry of Education said in response to ST questions that as of noon on Friday, more than 270,000 students had registered for their vaccination appointments, of which more than 74,000 took the first dose.
Since June 1, more than 311,000 text messages have been sent to students 12 years of age or older at 6th grade levels of Primary, Secondary and Secondary or Pre-University, as well as polytechnic and self-employed university students.
On Thursday, Mr Ong also said that as of 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 into about 44% of the population receiving the first blow.
Nearly three-quarters of seniors over the age of 60 have received at least one dose of vaccine or made an appointment to get vaccinated, Ong said.
For the 45-48 age group, the rate is 74% and 65% for people ages 40 to 44 who started getting vaccinated on May 19th.
For students, approximately 85% received the first dose or booked the appointment, he added.
The Ministry of Health said on Thursday 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 SMS with a personalized booking link sent to the mobile number with which they have registered.
Children or neighborhoods under the age of 18 will need the consent of their parents or guardians to book an appointment.
“However, we are looking for your patience and we understand that SMS can take up to two weeks in some, as more time slots will be available for vaccination as more supplies arrive,” MOH said.
Those who had previously registered their interest in vaccine.gov.sg will not need to re-register.
The invitation to register will finally be extended to the rest of the population over the coming months, the ministry added.