Singapore Shift Focus to Managing COVID-19 via Vaccination Scheme
Singapore will shift its focus on accelerating its COVID-19 vaccination scheme instead of publicizing case details, the Ministry of Health stated.
They will continue to broadcast and monitor the daily number of cases, the number of those seriously ill, and those in the intensive care unit. However, they will also focus on the progress of vaccinations around the state.
In the Straits Times Newspaper, a few government officials said that the government and the public would have to manage the disease moving forward rather than aiming to eradicate it.
They added, “We can turn the pandemic into something much less threatening, like influenza, chickenpox, or foot and mouth disease. So, in the future, they aim to have a different response centered around treatment, social responsibility, and vaccination.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed steady progress with the national vaccination program. They said, “We have administered more than 5.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of 28 June.”
Also, according to the ministry report, about 3.3 million people have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, which is about 60% of the population. About 2.1 million people have completed the entire regimen and received their second dose.
Currently, it is unclear how this approach would affect the current public policies regarding travel from overseas. Over the past months, international travel in Singapore has been limited, just like other countries in the region.
The state has also previously implemented periodic lockdowns to control the rate of local infections. They attempted to create a limited travel bubble with Hong Kong, which plans they later had to abandon.
According to health authorities in Hong Kong, roughly 21.4 % of the population has been fully vaccinated.
Singapore has 2 major casinos now serving mainly domestic customers for casino and gaming services The Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands Resort. Their operators have not yet come out to comment on these developments.