According to Singapore government data, the majority of new corona virus infections in the country are people who have been vaccinated.
According to Reuters, those who have been vaccinated accounted for three-quarters of Singapore’s coronavirus infections in the past month, although the number of severe cases among vaccinated people has been limited.
Many data show vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe cases, but there is still a risk of infection. Therefore, vaccination by itself may not be enough to prevent infection.
According to data released on Thursday (July 22), of the total number of local infections in Singapore over the past 28 days, about 44% (484 cases) are fully vaccinated people, 30% are who had received a single dose, and just over 25% were unvaccinated.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health said in a statement: “There is continued evidence that vaccines help prevent severe cases of illness when [immunized] people are infected.” The department also notes that people who are fully vaccinated often have mild or no symptoms.
Singapore boasts a high vaccination rate as 75% of its 5.7 million population has been vaccinated.
Earlier this month, Singapore’s Ministry of Health announced that it would only count those vaccinated with either Pfizer or Moderna’s mRNA vaccine as those who had been vaccinated for national statistical purposes. So vaccinated people infected with coronavirus are probably people who got one of the two US vaccines. People who receive other vaccines such as the Russian Sputnik V vaccine or one of the Chinese vaccines are officially counted as unvaccinated.
The news comes as the Biden administration is urging Americans to get vaccinated because the strain is spreading across the United States. Notably, White House press secretary Jen Psaki cited the results of a poll that vaccinated people were more concerned about the spread of Delta strain than unvaccinated people.
“I think the CBS poll shows that people who are vaccinated in the country [U.S.] are more afraid of the Delta variant than the unvaccinated,” she said.
Ba emphasized: “That obviously concerns us, because [should] be more fearful of unvaccinated people. And what the President wants to convey to the people of the country is the impact and effectiveness of vaccination.”