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Operating hours of JTVCs, CVCs to be extended to 7pm on Saturdays, JTVC Jurong West will operate from Nov 21: MOH

From Nov 19, the operating hours for all JTVCs and CVCs on Saturdays will be the same as for weekdays.

Operating hours of JTVCs, CVCs to be extended to 7pm on Saturdays, JTVC Jurong West will operate from Nov 21: MOH

File photo of one of the first five joint testing and vaccination centres. (Photo: Facebook/Ong Ye Kung)

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) will extend the Saturday operating hours of all Joint Testing and Vaccination Centres (JTVCs) and Children’s Vaccination Centres (CVCs) to 7pm from Nov 19 to the end of December.

The new opening hours of 9am to 7pm on Saturdays will now be in line with the current weekday opening hours of JTVCs and CVCs. 

This is to make it more convenient for people coming forward to get vaccinated, MOH said in a press release on Thursday (Nov 17).

“We have seen encouraging take-up of the bivalent Moderna/Spikevax vaccine and vaccination/booster for children,” the ministry added.

“As of Nov 16, over 186,000 individuals have received the bivalent Moderna/Spikevax vaccine dose, or have booked an appointment.”

The vaccination centre at the former Hong Kah Secondary School in Jurong West will also be converted to a JTVC from Nov 21 to better serve residents in the area, MOH said.

JTVC Jurong West will offer both the bivalent Moderna/Spikevax vaccine and monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine.

JTVC Bishan, which offers the Novavax/Nuvaxovid vaccine, will be closed, with its last day of operations on Nov 19. 

The area will continue to be served by JTVC Ang Mo Kio, for those who wish to receive the bivalent Moderna/Spikevax vaccine.

MOH added it will maintain 10 active JTVCs to serve residents across the island.

Those who wish to receive the Novavax/Nuvaxovid vaccine may make an appointment at any of the 19 PHPCs, Jurong Polyclinic and Yishun Polyclinic from Nov 21.

According to MOH, about 20,000 individuals are being administered vaccine doses per day. 

APPOINTMENTS NOT NEEDED FOR CERTAIN GROUPS

MOH reiterated that those who are aged 50 and above can currently walk in to a JTVC to receive their vaccinations without appointments.

They are reminded that the less crowded hours are from Mondays to Thursdays before 6.30pm, and on Saturdays after 2pm. Walk-ins should be avoided during peak periods of Friday and Saturday morning.

As previously announced, the siblings of a child with an existing appointment on Mondays to Thursdays can also receive their vaccinations at the same time, without the need for an appointment at the CVCs. 

Parents are reminded to arrive at the CVC by 5.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays, and to bring along their children’s identification documents for registration.

“Vaccination remains a key part of our COVID-19 strategy in ensuring our population is well protected against infection and severe illness,” MOH said.

“Individuals, including children, are encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccines recommended for them as soon as they are eligible to do so.”

For more information on JTVC and CVC locations, please visit https://www.gowhere.gov.sg/vaccine.

Source: CNA/cm(sn)

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