SINGAPORE-Private healthcare provider IHH Healthcare Singapore has applied to tap the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine repository and will offer it at some clinics and hospitals here.
The MOH said on Friday that private healthcare institutions may apply to become a licensed provider of the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine under the Special Access Route, and draw on the existing stock of 200,000 doses delivered earlier this year.
In response to questions from The Straits Times, Dr Noel Yeo, the group’s chief operating officer, said on Saturday (June 5) that IHH Healthcare Singapore intended to offer Sinovac’s jab at Parkway clinics Shenton and selected hospitals.
The group is the largest private healthcare provider here and operates Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Novena, Gleneagles and Parkway East hospitals. It also has a network of more than 40 primary care clinics and outlets that provide additional services.
“We look forward to providing Singaporeans, permanent residents, and visitation delays with an alternative vaccine, especially (to) those previously found to be ineligible to receive mRNA options,” Dr Yeo said.
The group did not provide further details on which hospitals will provide the vaccine, how much it will cost to get people to jab, or how they will register for it.
The MOH also said on Friday that those with a history of anaphylaxis or allergic reactions to other drugs, foods, insect repellents or unknown causes can now take the mRNA vaccines offered here as part of national immunization program.
These are the Covid-19 vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which were previously not offered by these groups.
However, some of those with a history of anaphylaxis or allergic reactions to other vaccines, as well as nearly 2000 people who developed anaphylaxis or allergic reactions after receiving the first dose of one of the mRNA vaccines , has not yet been able to get Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech jabs.
After consulting a health professional, they can take the Sinovac vaccine, which relies on the inactive form of the coronavirus rather than mRNA to teach the body to protect itself against Covid-19.
More than 20 private clinics around the island, which will demonstrate Sinovac’s ability to administer the vaccine safely, efficiently and efficiently, have been selected to get its stockpile to make it possible, MOH added.
Private healthcare institutions have until noon on June 11 to apply.
Those who are selected will receive vaccines from MOH stock for free, but are allowed to charge patients who receive vaccines a fee to cover their cost.
However, because the vaccine remains unregistered, it will not be covered the Vaccine -Based Financial Assistance Program.