Nearly half of Singapore’s residents have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health, as the country eyes further easing including possibly resuming dining in at restaurants and allowing gyms to reopen as soon as Monday.
More than 47% of the population have received their first jabs, according to government data as of June 14, and about 35% are now fully vaccinated.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and government leaders have said mass vaccination is key to allowing the Southeast Asian trade hub to more fully reopen, even as they expect Covid-19 will remain a threat for years to come. He added that the country aims to get two-thirds of residents their first dose by early July, provided supplies arrived as planned.
Singapore recently doubled the gap between doses in order to allow more people to get their first jabs of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. All Singapore citizens age 12 and above are currently eligible to book vaccine appointments, and the last remaining group of non-citizens 39 and under will be able to register for their jabs in the coming weeks, the government has said.
While the government has not explicitly stated what those vaccination reopening triggers will be, it expects half of the population to be fully vaccinated by August and 75% fully vaccinated by October.
There were 24 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as at Wednesday noon (June 16), taking Singapore’s total to 62,339, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).