As of August 5, 2021, 78% of Singapore’s population had been administered at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while two-thirds of the nation had completed two doses.
By National Day, Singapore will be one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, and 70% of the population will have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a press conference of the multi-ministerial working group. This will put Singapore in a stronger position in its transition to become a COVID-19 resistant nation.
Full vaccination benefits extended to Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the ministry considers that those who opt for other COVID-19 vaccines on the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list, such as Sinovac, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca, are fully vaccinated.
Those who have received both doses of the other COVID-19 vaccines in addition to Pfizer / Cominarty and Moderna will also be eligible to dine at F&B establishments in groups of 5 and travel concessions in Singapore.
Shorter isolation period for fully vaccinated Covid-19 patients
Other incentives for the vaccinated population include faster discharge for COVID-19 patients who have been fully vaccinated. The most recent revision of medical management protocols allows eligible COVID-19 patients to be discharged after 10 days of isolation if smear test results are negative or if their viral loads are considered “very low.” .
The Ministry of Health reports evidence that vaccinated people can recover within 10 days after the start of COVID-19.
COVID-19 patients who do not meet the vaccination criteria will continue to be discharged after 14 days of isolation without further testing, with a seven-day license in addition to that.
In the past 28 days, 80 of Singapore’s community-based cases infected with COVID-19 became seriously ill. Of the 80 severe cases, only 8 were fully vaccinated.
Concern for unvaccinated older people persists
The Health Ministry raises concerns about the high probability that unvaccinated older people will suffer serious illness if they become infected with COVID-19.
As of August 6, only 76% of the population aged 70 and over had completed two desires of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 82% had received at least one dose.
The Health Ministry reiterates the importance of continuing efforts to help the remaining 80,000 older adults in this age group get vaccinated, citing the group’s increased risk of becoming infected and becoming seriously ill if infected.
Singapore will be one of the most vaccinated countries in the world.
Minister of Health ong ye kung
Despite Singapore’s high vaccination coverage, the Health Ministry warns that the nation may still see vaccine advancements for new COVID-19 variants and a large number of daily cases in the community.
The ministry is confident that hospitalization and ICU cases can still remain low, with the majority of Singapore’s population protected through vaccination. With continuous monitoring of the situation, especially incidences of serious illness from COVID-19, Singapore can continue with its reopening plans.
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See also: Fully vaccinated people can dine at F&B establishments in groups of 5 starting August 10