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PEOPLE WHO TEST ART POSITIVE SHOULD STILL GET BOOSTER

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (29 Jan) that people who tested positive for the virus via the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) should still get a booster jab done approximately five months after the initial two doses.

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This is to keep their vaccination status as fully vaccinated after 270 days passed.

Positive without seeing doctor

Those that tested positive through routine testing or pre-event testing are also applicable in this scenario.

Individuals who tested positive this way are usually under the current Protocol 2, which means that under MOH’s medical records, they have never been infected before.

This group of people will need to take their booster jab to keep their status valid.

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Positive and seen doctor

However, if their records are available in Health hub then they can decide whether or not they want to take the booster.

This is applicable for people who have visited a doctor or when entering Singapore was discovered to be infected.

If they belong to this category, it can be considered as their booster and the records will be automatically updated.

Can take vaccine regardless whether infected

MOH also added that anyone regardless whether they were infected or not can still go for the booster as it is safe to do so.

Vaccination centres have received instructions to accept all statuses and no one will be rejected if they show up at the centres.

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MOH is also working on a tool to be uploaded onto their website for people to check if they have to go and take their booster shots for their vaccine validity status.

They also advised the public not to use serology test as an excuse to escape from taking the boosters as the serology tests are not a strong enough indicator to show if one is resilient from infections.

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