1. How long should I wait for a COVID-19 booster after getting infected?
You can delay your vaccine by 28 days from when your symptoms started or when you received a positive COVID-19 test. However, for enhanced efficacy, it is advised to receive your next vaccine dose three months after the infection or at the suggested interval for your following dose, whichever occurs later. 7
2. How long does it take for a booster shot to become effective?
Protection begins one or two weeks after receiving the booster shot. 3
3. Where can I find COVID-19 Vaccination Locations near me?
You can enter your postal code or street name to find a vaccination location here.
4. How do I protect myself from COVID-19 while travelling?
In enclosed areas of public transportation (such as buses, trains, planes and ferries) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations and seaports), everyone 2 years of age and older should wear a high-quality mask or respirator, especially in crowded or inadequately ventilated areas like airport jetways. This recommendation applies regardless of vaccination status. 6
5. Why do I need booster shots?
Over time, there is a reduction in protection offered by vaccines against mild and moderate infections of COVID-19. Booster shots are administered to remind the body's immune system about the virus it needs to defend against. Elderly individuals or those who are at a high risk for severe disease are recommended by the Singapore Government to receive a booster shot 1 year after their last booster dose.4
Conditions at high risk for severe disease include:9
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, ischemic heart disease, cardiomyopathy
- Chronic lung conditions, including severe asthma
- Chronic liver conditions, including cirrhosis
- Chronic kidney conditions, including dialysis
- Chronic neurologic conditions, including stroke
- Cancer or active treatment
- Blood conditions such as thalassemia and sickle cell anemia
- Immunodeficiencies, including HIV infection
- Obesity (BMI > 30)
- Genetic or metabolic conditions, including Down’s syndrome and cystic fibrosis
- Persons on non-cancer immunosuppressive treatment
- Pregnancy (any trimester)
6. Should I get vaccinated if I am ill or unwell?
No, if you feel unwell, kindly contact the clinic you have booked your vaccination with to reschedule. If you require any further assistance, please visit here or call the MOH COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 6995 9199.
7. Do I need an appointment for vaccination?
Please refer to the latest guidelines on appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations by the Ministry of Health here.
8. Do children get the same COVID-19 vaccine brand as adults?
Age restriction applies to COVID-19 vaccines according to the National Vaccination Programme:5
- Aged 6 months – 4 years: Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines
- Aged 5-11 years: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine only
- Aged 12 and older: Pfizer-BioNTech and Novavax vaccines
- Aged 18 years and above: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax or Sinovac vaccines
9. How can I check my vaccination records?
- Singpass User: You can view your vaccination records by logging in to the HealthHub app or the Notarise website using your Singpass account.5
- Alternative method: You can also log in to the Notarise website using your passport number (provided that your vaccinations were recorded with that passport number.) You can also refer to your physical vaccination card, which is given to all individuals vaccinated in Singapore.5
10. What if I am late for my vaccination dose?
You do not need to restart your vaccination if you miss a dose. The timeframe to get fully vaccinated is not strict, so you should receive your vaccine dose as soon as possible for optimal protection.4
11. How does COVID-19 spread?
The main way COVID-19 spreads is through respiratory particles from infected people, which are emitted when a person coughs, sneezes, talks, or even sings. Infection can spread when these respiratory particles directly or indirectly (through contaminated surfaces) come in contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth.2
12. What is the difference between Flu and COVID-19?
Both COVID-19 and influenza (Flu) are contagious respiratory diseases that have caused mortality worldwide, although they are brought on by different viruses. Flu is caused by an infection with an influenza virus, whereas COVID-19 is caused by the COVID-19 virus. The symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 may be difficult to differentiate. If you experience any symptoms, please consult a healthcare professional.1
13. Is it necessary to get the same vaccine brand for each dose?
Occasionally, the formulation of a COVID-19 vaccine may be modified to address newer virus variants. If you are due for a vaccine dose, it is recommended to receive the updated version of the vaccine. There is no requirement for all your vaccine doses to have the same composition, however, for the initial two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Novavax vaccines, it is advised to use the same brand. Any subsequent doses can be of different brands, if applicable.7
14. I got exposed to a patient with COVID-19 infection. Should I postpone my vaccination appointment?
If you are feel well and are asymptomatic, you may proceed with your COVID-19 vaccination appointment. If you have any symptoms or feel unwell, you may delay your vaccination by 28 days to 3 months. For any further concerns, please speak to a healthcare professional.7,8
15. Where can I book a teleconsultation with a doctor?
You can access healthcare through teleconsultation with a doctor from the telemedicine providers listed here.
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus