Singapore rolls out Covid-19 vaccine for seniors: How to get your jab

Volunteers waiting to receive the Covid-19 vaccine during a trial run at the vaccination centre at Tanjong Pagar Community Club on Jan 26, 2021. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

SINGAPORE - Vaccinations in community centres kicked off on Wednesday (Jan 27), with Tanjong Pagar Community Club giving jabs to elderly residents aged 70 and above.

Teck Ghee Community Club in Ang Mo Kio will start the vaccination drive from Feb 1. Both centres can each administer shots to 2,000 residents daily.

Vaccinations are also being given at polyclinics within Tanjong Pagar and Ang Mo Kio. The two towns were selected as they have more elderly residents.

This is how the process works:

Step 1: Booking your appointment

Elderly residents who require help in booking their appointments can head to the community clubs where volunteers will help them with the process. You must bring along your NRIC.

Step 2: Vaccination day

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Head to the venue with your vaccination card and NRIC. After answering a few questions about your medical history, you will be directed to a waiting area.

Step 3: At the vaccination booth

A medical professional will administer the vaccine. Roll up your sleeve, and after an alcohol swab is rubbed on your arm, you will be given the injection.

Step 4: 30-minute observation period

You will then proceed to wait in an observation area for 30 minutes to see whether any negative reaction occurs.

Some soreness in the arm is to be expected, but if you get a rash or a headache, or experience dizziness, you will be taken to a nursing station to be treated by a doctor.

It takes two jabs for the Covid-19 vaccine to be fully effective. PHOTO: ST FILE

Step 5: Remember the second jab

At the final counter, you will be asked further questions about how you are feeling. If all is well, you will be allocated a second appointment, which will take place around three weeks later. It takes two jabs for the vaccine to be fully effective.

Correction note: An earlier version of this article said that Teck Ghee Community Club has begun giving vaccine shots. This is incorrect. It will start the vaccination drive on Feb 1. We are sorry for the error.

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