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Singapore PM gets Covid booster jab

Lee Hsien Loong urges all who are offered the additional shot to accept it, as Singapore grapples with a spike in new cases.

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received a booster shot of Covid-19 vaccine at Singapore General Hospital this morning.

“Cases are increasing rapidly. A booster jab will strengthen your protection against Covid-19,” he said in a Facebook post.

Lee, who got his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Jan 8, also included a video of him being given the jab.

He said the republic’s Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination had recommended the additional dose for those 60 and above, residents of aged care homes, and immunocompromised individuals.

“Seniors who completed two vaccinations at least six months ago will receive an SMS with a personalised link to book an appointment.

“If you are offered a booster, please take it. It will reduce your chances of getting seriously ill, or needing ICU care,” he added.

Singapore reported 910 new Covid-19 cases yesterday with 803 in the community, 103 in the migrant worker dormitories and four imported cases.

Its health ministry said 837 cases are being warded in hospital, with 77 in need of oxygen aid and 12 in critical condition in the ICU.

As of Sept 15, 82% of Singapore’s population had completed their full regimen or received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, and 84% had received at least one dose.

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