So, Singapore’s on the fast track to achieving full vaccination, or as full as it can get.
New rules were imposed, coming down hard on the unvaccinated by choice and it seems those who are eligible for vaccination will soon be convinced to do so.
Unfortunately, a recent case might prove to be a snag for the government’s effort to get people vaccinated.
MOH Responds to a Police Report by a Doctor Which Claims That a Teen Died Due to COVID-19 Vaccine
On 30 Dec 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) took to its Facebook page to address the issue of a redacted police report that was circulating online.
The police report claimed that a teenager has passed away in Oct 2021 after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination 75 days before.
The police said that they were alerted to the death of an 18-year-old on 13 Oct 2021. Investigations into the case are still ongoing.
Dr Paul Yang, a doctor whom MOH describes as an advocate against vaccinations, was the one to file the police report.
Back in June 2021, Dr Yang had written an open letter to pause the vaccination exercise for young people after a 13-year-old American boy died days after receiving his second dose of vaccination.
Then, MOH and doctors from the National Centre of Infectious Diseases (NCID) condemned the open letter as “misleading” and “one-sided”.
The ministry revealed that the case has been referred to the coroner and an autopsy was performed.
Calling it a serious allegation, MOH asks for members of the public to refrain from spreading unsubstantiated speculation on the cause of death.
In-Line With World Health Organisation’s Guidelines
MOH went on to assure members of the public that Singapore only uses vaccines that comply with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
Vaccines used in Singapore must meet strict standards of “safety, quality and efficacy.
All of the vaccines used in Singapore have been assessed by both Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination to be safe and efficacious.
Measures to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccine recipients were also put into place before, during and after vaccination.
The ministry hopes that members of the public will continue to support vaccination as a “key response” to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can read their Facebook post in full below:
S’pore’s Vaccination Situation
According to MOH, 88% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
87% of the total population has completed the vaccine regimen, which comes out to 91% of the eligible population.
From 15 Jan 2021, employees who are unvaccinated by choice will not be allowed to enter the workplace even if they produce a negative COVID-19 test result.
For those who can’t return to the office and can’t work from home? They can be fired and it won’t be considered a “wrongful dismissal”.
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