From 18 Aug, more eligible Singaporeans and Long-Term Pass holders can walk into any participating clinic to get their first vaccination, while Short-Term Pass holders will be notified on their vaccination eligibility.

Starting 18 August 2021 (Wednesday), all Singaporeans, PRs and Long-Term Pass holders aged 12 and above, who have yet to receive their first dose will also be able to walk in to any polyclinic or participating Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC) without a prior appointment.

Announcing this on 13 August (Friday), the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) added that by end-August, the number of PHPCs providing COVID-19 vaccination as part of the national vaccination programme, will be expanded from 44 PHPCs today to more than 60 PHPCs.

These PHPCs, it added, will allow for better accessibility and convenience for seniors. The MTF has called on all primary care providers to help persuade seniors who are regular patients at these clinics to go for their COVID-19 vaccination if they are eligible but have not done so yet. The list of participating PHPCs can be found on here.

As of 12 August 2021, 84% of those aged 60 and above have completed their full regimen, and 89% have received at least one dose. However, more than 115,000 seniors aged 60 and over remain unvaccinated, the Taskforce shared.

Apart from the above, the Taskforce also announced that with a "good majority" of Singapore Citizens, PRs, and Long Term Pass holders vaccinated, Singapore will be opening up the vaccination programme to groups of Short-Term Pass Holders who are in Singapore for long periods of time. Most eligible persons will be notified directly by MOH via SMS progressively, starting from 18 August. More details will be shared shortly.

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