Health minister: Singapore prepared for next Covid-19 wave, vaccination for younger children, infants ready by Q4

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SINGAPORE, Aug 25 — To prepare for the next wave of Covid-19 cases, which is likely to be driven by re-infections, Singapore is setting up transition care facilities, preparing general practitioners and expanding vaccination coverage, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Wednesday (Aug 24).

An example of this is the Government’s plan to vaccinate young children aged five to 11, with the health authorities sending out early notices via phone text messages to parents to recommend first booster jabs for their children.

The vaccine for infants and children aged six months to five years will also be ready in the fourth quarter of this year “if all goes well”, Mr Ong added.

Speaking at a press conference by the governmental Covid-19 task force, Mr Ong said that when the next infection wave comes, Singapore will “need to be more prepared, more resilient than now”.

“(We also have) to be prepared that the next variant may be of a different nature,” the minister who co-chairs the task force said.

Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, another co-chair, said that the task force is not disbanding because there is a possibility that the next wave could be more “aggressive and dangerous”, and urged people to be mentally prepared for sudden changes.

“We are continuing to monitor closely and we have drawer plans in place for various contingencies, including scaling up our healthcare capacity, as well as stacking up vaccination operations if and when the need arises,” he said.

“We also have multiple lines of defence, as all of you are aware, which we can activate if needed.”

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