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COVID vaccines

Singapore offers walk-in Moderna boosters amid COVID care strain

City-state braces for possibility of 2,000 deaths from endemic virus per year

A man receives his COVID-19 booster jab in September: Singapore is now offering Moderna third shots on a walk-in basis.   © Singapore Press via AP

SINGAPORE -- Health authorities in Singapore are making it easier for residents to get COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as a persistent infection wave strains the health system and data shows third shots to be effective.

Starting this week, the city-state's Health Ministry is allowing double-jabbed individuals aged 30 and above to walk into any vaccination center administering shots from U.S. pharmaceutical company Moderna and receive a third dose -- a shift from the previous practice of requiring reservations.

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