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Sinovac-CoronoVac included in the National Vaccination Programme

The Sinovac-CoronoVac COVID-19 vaccine will be included in the National Vaccination Programme (NVP), the Multi-Ministry Taskforce said.

This will allow those who are medically ineligible to take any mRNA vaccine to take three doses of Sinovac-CoronacVac. As the Sinovac-CoronoVac vaccine is of relatively lower vaccine efficacy, those who have received one or two doses of Sinovac-CoronacVac are strongly encouraged to complete a three-dose primary regime with a mRNA vaccine as it offers more protection.

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Open safely by protecting the unvaccinated people

A reader's submission.

Unvaccinated are 14 times more likely to become seriously ill, if infected. Unvaccinated seniors account for barely 1.5% of the population but they make up two-thirds of those who needed ICU care or died. The remaining one-third of fully vaccinated people who needed ICU care or have died from from a pool of more than 4.5 million people.

In light of this reality, to open safely, we need to protect the unvaccinated people.

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Ho Ching

For our old folks, the third booster will help to drastically reduce their risk of getting infected in the first place. It also reduces their risks of dying from covid to the risks of dying from flu. Meeting the virus will mostly help to test and make our immune response even stronger. So what does not kill us will make us stronger, said Mdm Ho Ching.  "So we don't need to fear the virus - it's a question of sooner or later, and nothing to fear if we have been vaccinated."

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lawrence wong

The decision to tighten restrictions temporarily was a very difficult one to make and one that the government did not make lightly.

With the temporary restrictions, the government will be focused on 2 priorities: to stabilise healthcare protocols including the new protocol for people to recover at home, and to augment our healthcare capacity by bringing in more medical centres to deal with the much larger volume of daily cases of as high as 5000.

Augmenting our hospital capacity is not just a matter of increasing the number of medical centres and facilities, it's also about medical personnel. The SAF has been roped in to help.

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New community care facilities to care for clinically-well COVID-19 patients who have underlying conditions

The MOH will be setting up new community care facilities to provide clinical care to COVID-19 patients who are generally clinically well but have underlying conditions that require a closer monitoring of their disease course. These are those who are stable and have mild symptoms. 

This will help to augment our hospital capacity so that only those who actually need close and specialised medical attention (such as oxygen supplementation and intensive care) will receive their medical care in hospitals. 

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