While COVID-19 vaccination in Singapore is voluntary, the government is encouraging all individuals who are medically eligible to be vaccinated when it is available. When more people in a community are vaccinated, the harder it is for a disease to spread.
Dr Leong advises, however, that generally, coronavirus vaccines are not recommended, for pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers.
“If you have multiple allergies or severe allergies (not just one class of drugs but 4 – 5 classes of drugs), you should be cautious as well. At this moment in time, there is also insufficient data to conclude that the vaccine is safe for those less than 16 years old so we do not recommend vaccination for this age group at this point of time.”