Approximately 131,000 people have registered for the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Singapore. Although another 200,000 have not yet done so.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, revealing this figure on Wednesday (July 7), urged people to get better protection against Covid-19 sooner.
However, last week, the Ministry of Health said that eligible people who make their vaccination appointments starting on June 29 would be able to schedule their first and second dose appointments in four-week intervals.
In May, authorities had lengthened the interval between doses to prioritize administering the first dose and provide some protection to the most significant possible number of people in the population.
But Mr. Ong cited a recent UK study that showed the vaccine’s protection against the Delta variant was 35 percent if someone had received only one dose. It increases to 79 percent if a person has received both doses.
“So get your two doses; you will get better protection sooner. We have been texting those with subsequent appointments to ask them to advance the date. We hope they will rebook soon,” he said during a virtual press conference of the multi-ministries working group on Covid-19, which he co-chairs.
Giving an update on the national vaccination program, he said that two-thirds of the population had received their first doses as of yesterday, meeting a target mentioned in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s national broadcast on May 31.
“And what it means is that once two-thirds received their first dose, a few weeks later, two-thirds will receive their second dose. So we are on track to get two-thirds of our population fully vaccinated.”
According to the national vaccination program, 5.9 million doses of the vaccine had been administered as of Wednesday, including 3.7 million first doses, he said. With the current vaccination rate, 50 percent of the population can be expected to have received both injections around July 26.
The minister said that, on average, the country is now vaccinating 76,000 people per day, although the total capacity is higher, 80,000.
Achieving 50 percent full coverage by the fourth week of July would be an essential milestone, Ong said. Therefore lockdown and restriction in Singapore may open up further.
Once the milestone is reached, it would be timely to have a more definitive roadmap to transition to endemic Covid-19.
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