'It's very safe': PM Lee urges seniors to get vaccinated against COVID-19

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong showing members of the media his vaccination card on 8 January 2020. (PHOTO: MCI)
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong showing members of the media his vaccination card on 8 January 2020. (PHOTO: MCI)

SINGAPORE — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged Singapore's senior citizens get vaccinated against COVID-19, stating that it is "very safe".

"COVID-19 is a dangerous illness for older people. It's even more dangerous if you have other medical conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure," said Lee in a video posted on his Facebook page on Saturday (24 July).

"I've got my own jabs already, please get yours too. Don't delay," he added.

In the 90-second video that was also made available in Malay, Chinese and Tamil, Lee reassured viewers of the vaccine's safety and that any side-effects experienced are "mostly not serious". 

"You may feel unwell for a day or two, but you will be okay. It's just your body building up its immunity against COVID-19," he said.

In the post accompanying the video, Lee also noted the government's ongoing efforts to reach 200,000 seniors above the age of 60 who have not yet been vaccinated. He added that seniors can walk into any polyclinic or vaccination centre for their jabs, with no need to register or make a booking beforehand.

Mobile vaccinations teams have also been deployed to heartland areas to make it convenient for those who have difficulty leaving their homes, said Lee.

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