Singapore becomes the first Asian country to start COVID-19 vaccination



Singapore became the first Asian country to start vaccinating healthcare workers against COVID-19 with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday.

"More healthcare institutions will follow in the coming weeks, with public healthcare institutions and private hospitals to progressively arrange for their staff to be vaccinated within their premises," The Straits Times reported.

Elderly persons aged 70 years old and above will get the vaccine shots from February.

Other Singaporeans and long-term residents who are medically eligible for vaccination will be next in line.

The Health Ministry's expert committee had recommended that persons at high risk of being infected, including healthcare workers and front-line workers, should be given priority for vaccination. (PTI)


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