As of August 5, 2021, 78 percent of Singapore’s population had been given at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while two-thirds of the nation had completed two doses.
By the National Day, Singapore will be one of the countries in the world Most pollinated countriesAt a press conference for the multi-ministerial task force, Health Minister Aung Yi Kung said 70 percent of the population had received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This will put Singapore in a stronger position in its transition to being a COVID-19-capable country.
Full vaccination privileges extended to Sinovac, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca
According to the Ministry of Health, those who choose other COVID-19 vaccines under the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list, such as Sinovac, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca, have been fully vaccinated.
Those who have received doses of COVID-19 vaccines other than Pfizer/Cominarty and Moderna will also be eligible to dine at F&B outlets in groups of 5 and travel privileges in Singapore.
Shorter isolation period for fully vaccinated Covid-19 patients
Other incentives for vaccinated residents include faster discharge of COVID-19 patients. The latest revision of medical management protocols allows eligible COVID-19 patients to be discharged from hospital after 10 days of isolation if their swab test results are negative or if their viral loads are considered “too low.”
The Department of Health has reported evidence that vaccinated individuals can recover within 10 days of the onset of COVID-19.
COVID-19 patients who do not meet vaccination criteria after 14 days of isolation will continue to be discharged without any further tests, with seven days off on top of that.
In the past 28 days, 80 of the cases of COVID-19 in Singapore have become seriously ill. Of the 80 serious cases, only 8 have been fully vaccinated.
There is still concern about the elderly who are not immunized
The Department of Health is raising concerns about the high possibility of unvaccinated elderly people becoming severely ill if they contract COVID-19.
As of August 6, only 76 percent of the population age 70 and older have completed two tips of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 82 percent have received at least one dose.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reiterated the importance of continuing efforts to help the remaining 80,000 elderly people in this age group obtain vaccinations, noting the high risk of infection and severe disease in the group in case of infection.
Singapore will be one of the most vaccinated countries in the world.
Ong Yi Kung Minister of Health
Despite Singapore’s high vaccination rate, the Ministry of Health warns that the nation may still see vaccine breakthroughs with new COVID-19 variants and a large number of daily cases in the community.
The ministry is confident that hospitalizations and the intensive care unit remain low, with the majority of Singapore’s population protected through vaccination. By constantly monitoring the situation, especially cases of critical illness from COVID-19, Singapore can continue with its plans to reopen.
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