75 Percent of Singapore's New COVID-19 Cases Are From Residents Who Have Been Vaccinated

75 Percent of Singapore's New COVID-19 Cases Are From Residents Who Have Been Vaccinated

Singapore government data shows that even those who have received the vaccine may not be completely safe from contracting COVID-19. According to a Reuters news agency report, approximately 75 percent of the total COVID-19 cases over the past month have come from those who have been vaccinated. However, the majority of them do not suffer from serious symptoms.

UMMATIMES - In detail, of the 1096 cases of local transmission in the past 28 days, 484 of them (44 percent) were those who had been fully vaccinated. Furthermore, 30 percent were those who had not been fully vaccinated and 25 percent had not been vaccinated at all.

"Evidence continues to grow that vaccination helps prevent serious symptoms when someone contracts the COVID-19 virus," said the Ministry of Health, Friday, July 23, 2021.

Singapore's Ministry of Health added that those who had been fully vaccinated were those who tested positive but were asymptomatic or had only mild symptoms.

Experts reiterate that COVID-19 vaccination does not make a person immune. They said that vaccine recipients still have the potential to contract the COVID-19 virus. However, they said, that does not mean the COVID-19 vaccine is ineffective.

"The more people who are vaccinated in Singapore, the more often we will see transmission among those who have been vaccinated."

"It's important to always compare it to the proportion of those who haven't been vaccinated... Suppose 100 percent of Singaporeans are fully vaccinated, then all transmission will come from those who have been vaccinated," said Teo Yik Ying, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in National University of Singapore (NUS).

Singapore Ministry data also shows that in the last two weeks, 88 percent of the elderly people who have been vaccinated have contracted COVID-19. Professor from Duke-NUS Medical School, Linfa Wang, said the elderly had a weaker immune response despite being vaccinated.

It is not yet known whether the above data shows that the COVID-19 vaccination is less able to fight the Delta variant. Meanwhile, Singapore uses Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in its national vaccination campaign.

As per this report, Singapore has vaccinated against COVID-19 for 75 percent of its 5.7 million population. This percentage is the second highest after the United Arab Emirates where 50 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Although their vaccinations went smoothly, Singapore did not take the COVID-19 pandemic lightly. When the number of COVID-19 cases began to rise again, they again tightened policies equivalent to emergency PPKM in Indonesia. The Delta variant is said to be the trigger.