Singapore to bring Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine into National Vaccination Programme

SINGAPORE (XINHUA) – Singapore will bring the recently Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR)-authorised Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine into the National Vaccination Programme, its Ministry of Health said yesterday.

The move will allow the small minority of unvaccinated individuals, especially those who cannot take the mRNA vaccines due to medical conditions, to become fully vaccinated safely.

Earlier this week, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced the extension of the Stabilisation Phase for four weeks, through to November 21, 2021, with a mid-point review. Singapore will make full use of this extension to build the strong foundations that will enable the safe resumption of activities, said the ministry.

Singapore will consolidate the capabilities in safeguarding the health of anyone who might become infected.

This entails ensuring that everyone becomes familiar and comfortable with being placed on the Home Recovery Programme (HRP), and ensuring that the onboarding and medical support for those who enter the HRP are primed optimally.

The country will also continue to strengthen vaccination protection for the population.

File photo of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine. PHOTO: AFP