SINGAPORE, Jan 17 — A variety of Malaysians working in Singapore have began receiving the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
Those that acquired the injection are principally working within the sector that’s given precedence to obtain the vaccine on this republic. A few of them began sharing the expertise of taking the injection on the Malaysian-Singapore Border Crossers Fb web page, which now has virtually 82,000 members. Based on Imra Astata Ibrahim, who works within the marine sector, he took the primary injection on January 13 and can take the second dose after 21 days.
When contacted by Bernama, Imra Astata, 40, who’s renting a room in Jurong West right here, mentioned he didn’t hesitate to get the vaccine with 10 of his Malaysian colleagues. In truth, the daddy of three has excessive hopes that by getting vaccinated, will probably be simpler for him to journey forwards and backwards to Johor as earlier than. “Who is aware of there can be an understanding between the 2 nations to facilitate the motion of commuters for staff who’ve acquired this vaccine,” he mentioned.
Imra Astata solely returned to the republic on September 24, 2020 after strict measures at each borders had been launched in March final 12 months to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. Requested if there have been any results after taking the vaccine, Imra Astata mentioned earlier than taking it, he and his colleagues had been knowledgeable of the potential uncomfortable side effects.
“To date my pals and I are wholesome after taking the jab. Solely on the primary day I did really feel a slight numbness and ache on the injection space,” mentioned Imra Astata, who hails from Johor. The Singapore authorities has made provision for all Singaporeans and long-term residents in Singapore to get vaccinated by end-2021, if there are not any unexpected disruptions to vaccine shipments. Singapore acquired the primary cargo of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on December 21. To make sure accessibility of the vaccine and allow the republic to realize the next fee of inoculation for the inhabitants, this vaccination can be free.
Based on the republic’s Ministry of Well being, as of January 12, 2021, greater than 6,200 people have acquired their first dose of the vaccine right here. These numbers are anticipated to rise considerably within the coming weeks because it continues to ramp up its vaccination operations, it mentioned. In step with the suggestions by the Professional Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination to prioritise vaccinations of teams which can be most in danger, Singapore has begun vaccinating healthcare staff progressively from December 30, 2020. — Bernama