People with allergic reactions to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can take Sinovac shot, will be considered fully vaccinated
SINGAPORE - People who have suffered allergic reactions after the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be invited to get a Sinovac jab as a second dose, Senior Minister of State of Health Janil Puthucheary said in Parliament on Monday (Aug 2).
People who receive COVID-19 jabs in such a manner will be considered fully vaccinated under the national programme. He added that such individuals will receive this second vaccine shot at a clinic in public hospitals for closer monitoring, given their previous allergic reactions.
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which are approved for use in the national programme, use messenger RNA (mRNA) technology. This teaches cells to make a protein that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.
This is different from the Sinovac vaccine, known as CoronaVac, which uses unreactive coronvavirus particles that have been killed to stimulate the body’s antibody protection. The Sinovac vaccine is currently allowed to be administered in Singapore under the special access route, after it was approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr Puthucheary was responding to Member of Parliament (MP) Gerald Giam (WP-Aljunied) who asked how individuals who have allergic reactions to their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to attain fully vaccinated status.