Close to 98 per cent of people who booked appointments for vaccinations in the last 30 days showed up for vaccination, Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary revealed in Parliament today, 5 April.
This means to say that about 2 per cent of them did not show up for their appointments.
Of those who turned up, 1% is rejected for vaccination for reasons such as allergies and conditions that could make them ineligible to receive the jab.
Dr Janil also said that there is no vaccine wastage as a result of people who failed to turn up for their vaccinations or those who were unable to get their jabs due to concerns over issues like allergies.
Wastage is avoided by closely monitoring the appointment bookings and historical take-up rate, and delivering the appropriate number of vaccine doses to the vaccination sites.
Each vial contains five doses of the vaccine. Vials that are not yet opened can be stored at the vaccination sites for at least three to four days.
Staff giving the jabs will also check that there are individuals awaiting vaccination before opening a new vial.
In addition, there are also pre-planned lists of individuals who will be invited for vaccination at the end of the day to use any balance remaining in a multi-dose vial. This will further minimise wastage, Dr Janil said.
These individuals could be staff who are working at the vaccination sites or front-line volunteers who have an active role in engaging seniors on the shots
“We encourage everyone to be vaccinated when your turn comes, and to turn up at the vaccination appointments that you have made so that you do not deny another person of the opportunity,” Dr Janil advised.
According to the Ministry of Health’s update on COVID-19 vaccination, a total of 1,318,912 doses of the vaccine have been administered as of 29 March. Of these, 943,307 have received the first dose of the vaccine while 375,605 have completed the full regime.