SINGAPORE – There are about 2,000 individuals who have had severe side effects after the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine and do not need to receive the mRNA vaccine again, the health ministry said.
In a Facebook post on Saturday (June 5th), the Ministry of Health said it was evaluating other suitable non-mRNA vaccines. “We expect to provide such vaccines before the end of this year for use in our national vaccination program, once the vaccines have been strictly evaluated and approved by the HSA (health science body),” the ministry said.
In a press release Friday, the health ministry said those 2,000 people had developed “anaphylaxis or allergic reactions (hives, swelling of the face / eyelids / lips / throat, generalized rash within 7 days of vaccination).”
Individuals may consider taking special access vaccines (SARs), such as the Sinovac vaccine, if they cannot wait, the ministry added in a statement.
The ministry is also expecting “some outstanding data on the Sinovac vaccine to complete our assessment” for the vaccine to be part of the national vaccination program.
Meanwhile, private healthcare providers can apply to use the existing stock of Sinovac vaccine in Singapore. The republic received its first shipment of the vaccine, also known as CoronaVac, in February, delivering about 200,000 doses.
Those who have previously been refused mRNA vaccines due to severe allergies or have been allergic to the first dose – more than 30,000 in total, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a virtual news conference Monday – can be vaccinated with the vaccine. Sinovac is free in approved private clinics, the ministry said.
“For all other people who prefer Sinovac for non-medical reasons, this will be a private arrangement with the vaccine provider and (they) will have to pay an administrative fee to the private providers,” the Ministry of Health added.
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