8% of unvaccinated Covid-19 patients developed a severe form of the disease in the last 7 weeks: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE – Eight percent of Covid-19 patients not vaccinated here in the past seven weeks have worsened to the point of requiring supplemental oxygen, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Monday (May 31st).

In contrast, over the same period of time, only one in 93 (slightly more than one percent) of vaccinated people faced a similar situation, said Ong, who co-chairs the working group of several ministries. (MTF) dealing with coronavirus outbreak here.

Recognizing that these statistics, which refer to locally transmitted cases, do not constitute “a large-scale empirical study,” Mr. Ong said that as more data become available, the protective benefits of vaccination against Covid-19 will provide a person will be clearer.

“The vaccine reduces the chance of getting infected and, most importantly, reduces the chance of getting serious illness if you are infected with Covid-19,” he said.

At an MTF virtual press conference, Mr Ong added that to date, more than 2.2 million people have received at least the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

He noted that Singapore can now be more inclusive in launching vaccination, allowing cancer patients who are being treated, pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with a history of severe skin reactions (which are disorders induced by medicines). get their shots.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said in his national speech just before the MTF press conference that Singapore will now vaccinate more people, faster.

Lee noted that supply restrictions had limited the speed with which vaccinations could be implemented. Since then, the nation has confirmed that it will receive vaccine deliveries more quickly over the next two months.

“With the latest supply schedule, we can further increase our vaccination program. We can offer the vaccine to everyone, even earlier than we expected,” he said.

He urged: “Whether you are old or young, please come and get vaccinated once you get it. With the most infectious virus strains, we need to vaccinate as many people as possible to get the herd immunity or approach go for it.

“This is the way to protect everyone and resume more normal activities.”

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