Over 113,000 people in Singapore receive first dose of vaccine

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Over 113,000 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) said in an update on Thursday.

Over 50 also received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen.

The numbers are expected to go up in the coming weeks as vaccination operations continue, MoH said.

Polyclinics and selected Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) will also serve as vaccination sites. Seniors can currently be vaccinated at nine polyclinics and 21 PHPCs.

From Monday, polyclinics across Singapore will also begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations, MoH said.

Vaccinations for senior citizens aged 70 and above began on Wednesday at Ang Mo Kio and Tanjong Pagar. Over 250 were vaccinated on the first day, MoH said.

Sign-ups for COVID-19 vaccination by seniors have been encouraging, the ministry said, adding that it expects more seniors to sign up in the coming days.

“As of January 27, we have sent personalised letters to more than 10,000 seniors in Ang Mo Kio and Tanjong Pagar, and more than one-third of them have booked their appointments within two days of receiving the invitation,” MoH said.

“The remaining seniors in these areas will receive their invitation letters in the coming week.”