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PM Lee Hsien Loong receives first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Summary:SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acquired his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday (Jan 8), turning into the first member of Singapore's Cabinet to take the COVID-19 vaccine.


Mr Lee acquired the jab alongside with Singapore General Hospital (SGH) group of workers at the professional launch of vaccinations for healthcare workers.

Public healthcare institutions, together with hospitals and polyclinics, will begin vaccinations for their workforce on Friday. SGH estimated about ninety of its personnel will get vaccinated on the first day.

The professional roll out comes after a small-scale take a look at run at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, the place forty personnel obtained their jabs on Dec 30.


Speaking to newshounds at SGH, Mr Lee stated he used to be glad to see the begin of inoculations for healthcare and frontline workers.

"I took the probability to have my very own jab this morning and now I'm executed – 30 minutes waited, nothing happened," he said.

"I've obtained my card, and the appointment to come lower back in three weeks' time. It's painless, it is advantageous and it is important."

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong stated before that plans for the Cabinet to get vaccinated in batches had been in the works.

The Health Ministry’s director of scientific offerings Kenneth Mak, who is section of the multi-ministry challenge pressure on COVID-19, additionally acquired his first dose of the vaccine on Friday.


“My Cabinet colleagues and I, together with the older ones, will be getting ourselves vaccinated early. This is to exhibit you, specifically seniors like me, that we accept as true with the vaccines are safe,” Mr Lee stated in a televised countrywide tackle final month.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was once accredited via Singapore late final 12 months and the first cargo arrived on Dec 21. The vaccine requires two doses taken 21 days apart, and it will take up to 14 greater days after the 2d dose to reap most safety in opposition to the virus.

Vaccinations for the aged and these at increased danger of extreme COVID-19 will begin in February, starting with seniors aged 70 and above. Vaccinations will be free for all Singaporeans and long-term residents in Singapore.

After he obtained his jab on Friday, Mr Lee entreated Singaporeans to get inoculated when they can. He stated there are "ample vaccines coming in" as Singapore ordered the vaccines early.

"It will make us safer, and it will make you and your cherished ones safer. So please take it when you can," he said.

Source : CNA , Author : Samnang

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