Singapore’s health ministry said on Friday that the regulators will review a time frame on validity of fully vaccinated persons on Covid-19 which is according to the regulations of 365 plus 14 days after the second dose.
The ministry said enacting Covid-19 regulations earlier this year, regulators indicated an interim time frame of 365 days for a person’s “fully vaccinated” status to remain valid so that vaccination-differentiated safety measures could be implemented,.
The Channel News Asia quoted the Ministry of Health as saying,”As more data becomes available, including on the increase in protection provided by booster doses, the Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination will study the evidence and make its recommendations to MOH”.
Local media reports have highlighted that law the states that a person’s fully vaccinated status expires 365 plus 14 days after the second dose. A newspaper reader, in a letter to The Straits Times on Wednesday, had combed through the Infectious Diseases Regulations 2021.A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose.
The reader has asked whether this meant that the government intends for all Singapore residents to take booster shots to be considered fully vaccinated after a year, and that when the efficacy of the booster jab diminishes, residents would have to take an additional booster to maintain their fully vaccinated status.
In its response, the ministry said it regularly reviews the evidence from studies in Singapore and abroad on the protection provided by the Covid-19 vaccines.
As more data becomes available, including on the increase in protection provided by booster doses, the Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination will study the evidence and make its recommendations and the Ministry will review the stipulated time frame.
The ministry said, “Hence MOH recommends all eligible vaccinated persons to receive their booster doses to improve their protection against Covid-19 infection and reduce transmission,”.
In Singapore, the Covid-19 vaccines were rolled out in late December last year, with healthcare workers being the first to receive them. They were then progressively given to more frontline workers and then to the elderly in January this year, before being offered to other groups.