COVID-19 Vaccine: Find A Clinic Near Home (Or One With Your Preferred Vaccine)

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For many of us, our encounters with vaccines would have been when we got our childhood ‘BCG’ jabs or before travelling (back when that was allowed, of course). Now in these uncertain times with a global pandemic raging on, we have another jab on our radar – the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccination in Singapore

As with most things in Singapore, immunisation efforts have been pretty swift and efficient, with the elderly and not-so-young (age 45 and above), frontline workers in healthcare, aviation and transport, as well as teachers being among the first to get vaccinated. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), more than 1.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered as of mid-April.

What’s more exciting, especially for those of us who are itching to travel, is the recent news that those under the age of 45 will be invited to book their vaccination slots from June 2021. Of course, travel aside, getting vaccinated is a matter of social responsibility, given the alarming ferocity of this virus, and even more worrying infectious strains spreading around in other countries.

No one wants to be the one responsible for infecting their elderly grandparents, family, friends and co-workers when there’s free vaccination available. You may have heard exaggerated stories of how taking a vaccine will make you sick but clinical trials have been done on thousands of people, just like when new drugs are developed, to ensure people’s safety.

If you are a healthy adult, being vaccinated will benefit those who are unable to take vaccines because they have allergies or are severely immunocompromised. Besides, a headache and tiredness are small prices to pay for reducing your risk of contracting and infecting others with this virus.

Those who are eligible can simply pre-register your interest for vaccination online. The government will also have 40 vaccination centres up and running by end-April, speeding up the process even more. So the question is, what kind of vaccine will you be getting?

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Types of COVID-19 Vaccines

It usually takes years for a vaccine to be developed but given the severity and infectious spread of the COVID-19 virus, pharmaceutical companies around the world have been racing to produce vaccines. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sinovac, Sputnik V, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson … these are some of the vaccines making headlines worldwide.

COVID-19 Vaccines Available in Singapore

So far, only two vaccines have been approved for use in Singapore: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Although vaccines are not completely foolproof, the approved ones show high efficacy rates - Pfizer-BioNTech has 95% efficacy in preventing COVID-19, while Moderna has 94% efficacy.

The mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) in the vaccine is chemically synthesised and does not come from the actual virus, so there is no chance of being infected with COVID-19 or have it interfere with your DNA.

You may have also read that the government has brought in China’s Sinovac vaccine earlier in February. Sinovac works differently from the other two. It uses weakened or inactive virus particles to stimulate the body into producing an immune response to COVID-19. But as of mid-April, it is still under review by the Health Sciences Authority, so there is no need to worry.

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Where to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have a preference for which vaccine you’d like to take – good news! The government has released the list of vaccination centres in Singapore, along with the vaccine type they’re carrying.

Here they are, grouped by region (central, east, north, north east and west). If you don’t have a preference, you can simply head to the one nearest to home.

Central

COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in Central Singapore

Vaccine Type

Bishan Community Club

Pfizer

Bukit Merah Polyclinic

Pfizer

Bukit Timah Community Club

Pfizer

Buona Vista Community Club

Moderna

Family Medicine Clinic Chinatown

Pfizer

Geylang Polyclinic

Pfizer

Geylang Serai Community Club

Pfizer

Jalan Besar Community Club

Pfizer

Kolam Ayer Community Club

Moderna

Marine Parade Community Club

Pfizer

Marine Parade Polyclinic

Pfizer

Medihealth Bishan Clinic & Surgery

Pfizer

Mei Ling Clinic

Pfizer

Outram Polyclinic

Pfizer

Potong Pasir Community Club

Moderna

Queenstown Community Centre

Pfizer

Queenstown Polyclinic

Pfizer

Radin Mas Community Club

Moderna

Raffles City Convention Centre

Pfizer

Raffles Medical Clinic Holland Village

Pfizer

Shenton Medical Group Alexndra Retail Centre

Pfizer

Tanjong Pagar Community Club

Pfizer

Toa Payoh Polyclinic

Pfizer

Toa Payoh West Community Club

Pfizer

East

COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in East Singapore

Vaccine Type

Arena@ Our Tampines Hub (Hockey Court)

Pfizer

Assurance Medicine Clinic & Surgery

Pfizer

Bedok Community Centre

Pfizer

Bedok Polyclinic

Pfizer

Central 24-Hr Clinic

Pfizer

Changi Airport Terminal 4

Pfizer

Lee Clinic

Pfizer

Northeast Medical Group (Simei)

Pfizer

Pasir Ris Elias Community Club

Pfizer

Pasir Ris Polyclinic

Pfizer

Tampines East Community Club

Moderna

Tampines Polyclinic

Pfizer

North

COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in North Singapore

Vaccine Type

Canberra Community Club

Pfizer

Dr Stanley Peck Family Clinic

Pfizer

EH Medical

Pfizer

Frontier Medical Associates Yishun

Pfizer

Lian Clinic

Pfizer

Marsiling Community Club

Moderna

Nee Soon East Community Club

Pfizer

Woodlands Community Club

Moderna

Woodlands Galaxy Community Club

Pfizer

Woodlands Polyclinic

Pfizer

Yishun Polyclinic

Pfizer

North East

COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in North East Singapore

Vaccine Type

Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic

Pfizer

Etern Medical Clinic

Pfizer

Hougang Community Club

Pfizer

Hougang Polyclinic

Pfizer

Kebun Baru Community Club

Moderna

Kenneth Tan Medical Clinic

Pfizer

Mission Medical Clinic

Pfizer

Northeast Medical Group (Sengkang)

Pfizer

Punggol 21 Community Club

Moderna

Punggol Polyclinic

Pfizer

Raffles Medical Clinic Compass One

Pfizer

Sengkang Community Club

Pfizer

SengKang Polyclinic

Pfizer

Shenton Medical Group (Buangkok)

Pfizer

Teck Ghee Community Club

Pfizer

The Serangoon Community Club

Pfizer

West

COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in West Singapore

Vaccine Type

Acumed Medical Group Jurong Point

Pfizer

Bukit Batok Polyclinic

Pfizer

Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic

Pfizer

Chua Chu Kang Community Club

Pfizer

Clementi Community Centre

Pfizer

Clementi Polyclinic

Pfizer

EJ Tan Clinic and Surgery

Pfizer

Former Hong Kah Secondary School

Pfizer

Frontier Family Medicine Clinic

Pfizer

Hong Kah North Community Club

Moderna

Jurong Polyclinic

Pfizer

Nanyang Community Club

Pfizer

Pioneer Polyclinic

Pfizer

Senja-Cashew Community Club

Pfizer

Taman Jurong Community Club

Pfizer

Yew Tee Community Club

Moderna

Yuhua Community Club

Pfizer

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How to Book Your COVID-19 Vaccination

Given the speed and efficiency of the vaccine rollout, booking your vaccination appointment is pretty simple. It’s also free for all Singaporeans as well as residents here, which include PRs and Employment Pass holders.

  1. Pre-register your interest.

  2. Book your appointment timeslot.

  3. Choose your preferred vaccination centre, polyclinic or clinic.

If you are eligible, you first have to pre-register your interest for vaccination at https://preregister.vaccine.gov.sg.

Once there are appointment slots, you will receive an SMS containing a 10-character code that you can key in to book your actual appointment at https://appointment.vaccine.gov.sg. You have 14 days to book both vaccine slots once you receive the SMS, and can choose from a list of vaccination centres, polyclinics or clinics to go to.

The vaccine has to be taken in two doses, 21 to 28 days later for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 28-35 days later for the Moderna vaccine. Both appointments have to be at the same centre.

For those who are unsure if you can take the vaccine, check out MOH’s health advisory.

Don’t forget to bring your NRIC and wear short sleeved or loose clothes when you head down. Remember to stay hydrated and eat something before you go!

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This article was written by Audrey A.. She can’t wait to move into her own place so she can finally get a cat (or two) and an espresso machine to fuel her love for flat whites. For now, she’s saving up and dreaming of her next trip.