Singapore Will Start Vaccinating Age Group 12-18 Years

UMMATIMES - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singapore's COVID-19 vaccination campaign will start targeting citizens from the 12-18 year age group. The vaccination will start this Tuesday, June 12, 2021.

Quoted from the Reuters news agency, Lee Hsien Loong stated that the vaccination was held because many students began to contract COVID-19. He is worried that it will not be controlled if their vaccination against the adult age group is complete.

"As long as the majority of our population is vaccinated, then we can track, isolate, and treat COVID-19 cases that arise for a severe outbreak of outbreaks," said Lee Hsien Loong at a press conference on Monday, May 31, 2021.

Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged that teenagers and children who catch COVID-19 generally do not suffer severe symptoms. Even so, he said there were concerns from the parent group. This, he said, prompted the vaccination of youth groups to be held.

After vaccination for the 12-18 year age group was completed, Lee Hsien Loong said that only young adults aged 39 and under were left. If there are no obstacles, their COVID-19 vaccination campaign will begin in mid-June.

"The age group is quite large. So, we have a two-week registration period to secure the vaccination appointment before the activity starts," said Lee Hsien Loong, adding that the ratio of vaccination rates in Singapore is 4 out of 10 people. More than 30 percent of Singapore's 5.7 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine.

As per this report, Singapore is recorded to have 62,051 cases and 33 deaths due to COVID-19. Recently, Singapore imposed strict social restrictions again to suppress the growth of COVID-19 cases. One of them is that the gathering can only be held by two people (no more) and eating in restaurants is prohibited.

Shopping centers and entertainment venues such as malls and cinemas are still allowed to operate. However, the Singapore Government requires both to limit the number of visitors. People are also encouraged to work from home.