In Singapore, the COVID-19 vaccination programme is well underway with over 113,000 people receiving their first dose of the vaccine
The individuals in Singapore received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, 27 January, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday, 28 January.
Of which, more than 50 have also received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen, with the numbers expected to go up in the coming weeks as vaccination operations continue.
One of the people who received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen includes Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Lee received his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Friday morning, 29 January, at Singapore General Hospital. He had the first dose on 8 January, reported CNA.
"Just like my first jab, it was quick and painless," Lee wrote in an Instagram post.
"The doctors watched me for 30 minutes afterwards, just in case. Happy to share that I feel fine," he said urging others to "go for your vaccination when your turn comes".
Lee added that getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 will protect not only the individual getting the vaccine but also their family, friends, and everyone they come in contact with.
Meanwhile, 432 adverse events were reported including three cases of anaphylaxis — rapid onset of severe allergic reactions
The three individuals, in their 20s and 30s, developed multiple symptoms such as rash, breathlessness, lip swelling, throat tightness, and giddiness, according to Singapore MOH.
"All three individuals had a history of allergies, including allergic rhinitis and food allergy such as to shellfish, but none had a history of anaphylaxis which would have precluded them from receiving the vaccine. Anaphylaxis can be controlled when detected and treated in a timely manner," CNA reported.
All three have since recovered from the episode and were discharged.
Close to home, the Malaysian government said that it aims to kick-start the national COVID-19 vaccination programme by immunising 75,000 people a day across 600 vaccination sites nationwide from March
While speaking to CodeBlue over the week, Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the daily goal of 75,000 jabs to the arm is the government's first target. The next target, depending on supply, is to administer 150,000 shots a day to take into account the second dose.
The government expects to complete vaccination of 27 million people by March 2022.
Earlier this month, a Malaysian living in Brooklyn, New York City, received the first of two vaccine inoculations for COVID-19: