Three-quarters of the confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 over the past four weeks in Singapore were among vaccinated people, data from the country’s health ministry revealed.
On Thursday, July 22, the data showed that since June 25, the country had recorded 1,096 new locally infected patients. In that, 44% of them were fully vaccinated, 30% had only received one dose of the vaccines, whereas the unvaccinated accounted for slightly more than 25%, according to Reuters.
The vaccines being rolled out in Singapore were from Pfizer and Moderna.
The health ministry reported that the country had six cases of severe illness and one in critical condition in intensive care, but none had been vaccinated.
“There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected,” the ministry said, adding that the vaccinated were either asymptomatic or only had very mild signs of sickness.
Teo Yik Ying, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore, said the number could not represent ineffective vaccines.
“As more and more people are vaccinated in Singapore, we will see more infections happening among vaccinated people,” he said.
“It is important to always compare it against the proportion of people who remain unvaccinated…Suppose Singapore achieves a rate of 100% fully vaccinated … then all infections will stem from the vaccinated people and none from the unvaccinated,” according to a Reuter’s tracker.
With a total population of 5.7 million people, Singapore has had half of its legitimate citizens vaccinated, with 75% having at least received one dose.
The island nation was only behind the United Arab Emirates in world-leading countries with their vaccination progress. However, the outlet noted vaccines may not be the unilateral move to fend off the pandemic caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus or COVID-19.
After seeing spikes in infections, the country on July 22 had returned to their Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), which involved limiting social gatherings and suspension of dining-in services.
“The general message to everyone under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) is please stay home, minimize your movements and social interactions as much as you can,” said Singapore’s COVID-19 task force chair Lawrence Wong, according to Channel News Asia.
“I’m sure (they) would be very disappointed to know that they now have to close and cannot allow for customers to dine in, especially for our F&B operators,” Wong said.
“But based on the assessment of the way the cases have developed, the many clusters that we are seeing, and how it’s likely to have transmitted through into the community, we’ve decided that we have to put in place something to slow down the transmission,” he added.