Any vaccine that is available to you is the vaccine you should take. Here in Singapore, there are Pfizer, Moderna, and Sinovac vaccines available. Although Sinovac vaccines demonstrate lower efficacy (51-84%) compared to Pfizer or Moderna (>90%), it actually demonstrates close to 100% protection from requiring medical treatment, hospitalization, and death.
Almost everyone is suitable for the Vaccine as COVID infection poses severe threat to everyone’s health. Contraindication for the COVID vaccine is a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine ingredients.
Generally, only patients with severe immune-compromised conditions are unsuitable for the COVID vaccine. If you have any other medical condition, you can always check with your healthcare provider.
Yes, it is generally safe to be vaccinated against COVID 19 virus. The benefit of COVID vaccination in preventing severe disease definitely outweighs the risk of severe side effects.
Common side effects include pain on the injection site, as well as swelling and redness at the injection site. Fever, fatigue and headache are commonly seen as well.
Yes, your children can be vaccinated too. However, only But so far only the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in adolescents aged 12-18.
If you are pregnant, including those planning to breastfeed after delivery, it is advised to get vaccinated. The mRNA vaccine ( Pfizer / Moderna brands) is advised for pregnant women.
|Manufacturer||Pfizer-BioNTech||Moderna||Oxford-AztraZeneca||Johnson & Johnson – Janssen||Sinopharm (Beijing)||Sinovac (Beijing)|
|Country||United States / Germany||United States||Britain / Sweden||United States / Belgium||China||China|
|Mechanism||mRNA||mRNA||Adenovector||Adenovector||Inactivated virus||Inactivated virus|
|Interval||3-4 weeks||4-6 weeks||4-12 weeks||NA||3-4 weeks||2-4 weeks|
|Contraindication||Severe allergic reaction to vaccine ingredients||
Severe reaction to the vaccine
Severe neurologic condition
Uncontrolled chronic illness
|Side effect||Injection site pain Fatigue Headache Muscle pain Joint pain Possible fever and swelling of lymph node||Injection site pain Fatigue Headache Muscle pain Joint pain Possible fever and swelling of lymph node||Swelling, redness or a lump at the injection site Fever Vomiting or diarrhea Flu-like symptoms (i.e., high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, cough and chills)||Pain Redness Swelling Tiredness Headache Muscle pain Chills Fever Nausea||Injection site pain Soreness Swelling Fever, fatigue Headache Abdominal pain/diarrhea Cough Rhinorrhea||Injection site pain Soreness Headache Abdominal pain/diarrhea Cough Rhinorrhea|
|Concern||For people under 40 without underlying health conditions, it's currently advised that it's preferable to have another coronavirus vaccine instead of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.||Women younger than 50 years old especially should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen.||Lesser data with patients older than 60 years old||Lesser data with patients older than 60 years old|
|Availability (In Singapore)||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Other population||Pregnant women Teenager||Pregnant women||NA||NA||NA||NA|
Dr. Fiona Chang
Resident Physician, MD (Taiwan), MRCP (Glasgow)
Dr. Fiona Chang obtained her medical degree from Chang Gung University, Taiwan 2011 and subsequently completed her post-graduate training in Internal Medicine, Singapore. In 2015, Dr Chang attained the Membership of the Royal College of Physician (MRCP), Glasgow, United Kingdom and had since been practicing medicine in the Singapore restructured hospitals drawing experience in renal medicine, respiratory medicine, cardiology and dermatology.
Dr. Fiona is bilingual in English and Mandarin and also converses in Hokkien dialect.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding immunising your child, please consult your doctor for further advice. To get your child up to date with his or her immunisations in Singapore, contact us.
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