No need to tighten Singapore’s COVID-19 measures for now, adjustments will be made ‘if need be’

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Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong

CNA

27th June 2022 – (Singapore) There is no need to tighten Singapore’s COVID-19 safe management measures at this stage, but adjustments will be made “if need be”, said Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday. 

The recent surge in cases has been mainly driven by the newer Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5, he said.

While they are more transmissible, the severity of infections linked to these subvariants appears to be similar to that of earlier strains of Omicron. 

“We must expect cases to continue rising in the coming weeks. Fortunately, there is no evidence of increased severity with this subvariant and the overall hospitalisation situation remains stable,” said Mr Wong, who is also co-chair of the multi-ministry taskforce on COVID-19. 

“So, for now, our assessment is that we will be able to ride through this wave based on our current posture. In other words, we do not need to tighten our safe management measures at this stage,” he said, adding that the country will monitor the situation closely, including the infection trajectory over the coming weeks, disease severity and the hospital situation.

If need be, the Government will have to make adjustments, he added. 

Mr Wong said the hospital situation currently remains stable.

“We think it will be so with this wave but we will monitor closely and provide further updates as and when necessary.”

He added that there will be another round of ART kit distribution sometime next month, with every household to receive 10 kits.

“It’s always a highly fluid and dynamic situation and we will have to be prepared for any contingencies,” said Mr Wong.

“What’s important, of course, is that all of us must continue to do our part to ride through this wave safely. Vaccinations and boosters remain very effective and they offer good protection against these Omicron subvariants,” he said.

“In fact, for most people, you will need to do at least three shots of the vaccine.”

To date, 70,000 seniors have yet to receive their third vaccine shot. 

On Monday, three mobile vaccination teams were deployed to locations in the heartlands – Ansar, Telok Blangah and Nee Soon – for seniors to walk in and get their shots. 

To encourage more to get vaccinated, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said this will be expanded to 25 mobile vaccination teams in the next 2-3 weeks to make it more convenient for seniors to get their COVID-19 vaccination or booster shots.

These teams will stay in one location for two to three days, before moving to another spot, eventually covering up to 50 sites.

Seniors aged 60 years and above will be given priority to walk in and get their shots with the mobile vaccination teams. 

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