54% of people in Singapore have received 2 doses of Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
SINGAPORE: The country’s Covid-19 vaccination rate has increased by about one percentage point per day, and 54 percent of the population has received two doses of a messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccine as of Sunday (May 25). July).
What is an mRNA vaccine?
mRNA vaccines guide your body on making a protein that will trigger an immune response without using a live virus.
After you receive an mRNA vaccine, your body makes antibodies that help fight infection if a virus enters your body in the future.
Revealing this in a ministerial statement on Monday, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said the national vaccination program is “progressing well.”
Also, he told Parliament that by National Day, nearly 70 percent of the population would have received two doses of the mRNA vaccine. It should increase to around 80 percent in early September.
“This means that Singapore will have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. It puts us in a strong position to transition to a Covid-19 resistant society,” he said.
However, Ong added that unvaccinated older people, especially those aged 70 and over, are a source of concern. Currently, just over 70 percent of them have received two doses of the vaccine.
But he noted that more older people are turning to vaccination centers to get their injections or receive them from mobile vaccination teams.
However, the rate of seniors getting their vaccinations this way has doubled in recent days, from about 500 to more than 1,000 a day.
“This may be due to increased awareness as a result of more community broadcasts, the lifting of rules that previously had postponed vaccinations for people with medical conditions, and also our intense outreach efforts,” Ong said.
Giving an update on the home vaccination scheme, which sees medical teams going to older people’s homes to administer the Covid-19 vaccine, Ong said that it had launched nine such kits so far.
As of July 23, 734 older people had been beaten under the program.
Mr. Ong said there were other approaches as well. Among them were mobile vaccination teams traveling to Pulau Ubin to vaccinate older people.
He added that there were also doctors who reassured their patients by first persuading them to get vaccinated and then having them stay in their clinics all day so they can watch them.
“This is a measure of the kind of society we are. We are making such an extraordinary effort with our older adults because we are not prepared to accept the high death rates among the elderly than other countries had or continue to experience,” he added.
As a result of these efforts, 77 percent of people over the age of 70 have received their first doses of the vaccine and should receive their second injections within a month or so, Ong said.
“Even with our current level of vaccination, preliminary evidence is that it has been effective in reducing the incidence of serious illness and death,” she noted.
Although daily infections have risen dramatically in recent weeks, the minister pointed that although everyday situations have significantly increased in recent weeks.
Therefore, the number of critically ill patients who require supplemental oxygen or are in intensive care units remains low.
Currently, all seriously ill patients are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, Mr. Ong said.
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