Seniors get free pneumococcal jabs

A vaccination drive was held to protect senior citizens against pneumococcal disease.
A vaccination drive was held to protect senior citizens against pneumococcal disease.PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE – A vaccination drive was held yesterday to protect 28 senior citizens against pneumococcal disease – an infection which can cause pneumonia.

The Aljunied Cluster Grassroots Organisations (GROs) and Good Life Co-operative (TGLC), which promotes healthcare to senior citizens, organised the event at Garden Residents’ Committee Centre for residents of Bedok Reservoir-Punggol constituency.

Nurses and a doctor from the co-operative carried out the free vaccinations.

Normally the jabs, which last for up to 10 years, cost between $150 and $180.

Mdm Yam Meng Wah, 73, who received the vaccine, said: “This is a good initiative as it is convenient and free. Vaccination will help us stay healthy and active.”

Dr Carol Tan, chairman of TGLC, said: “We decided to collaborate with Aljunied Cluster GROs, to bring healthcare to the community, as the elderly may be immobile and unaware of the existence of this vaccine.”

The donations were sponsored by healthcare giant Pfizer Singapore.