Singapore is planning to vaccinate its population against coronavirus and plans to invite those under the age of 45 from June to get their first jab, maintaining its end-2021 schedule, Senior Minister of State at the Health Ministry Janil Puthucheary told parliament.
About 1.05 million people, or 18.4% of Singapore’s population, have received their first vaccine dose. More than 468,000 people have completed the two-dose regimen. Roughly 60% of Singapore’s senior citizens have obtained the vaccine.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 17 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, taking the country's total case count to 60,495.
All new cases are imported, marking the second day in a row with no locally transmitted infections. "All new cases today are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance," said the MOH.
Among the 17 imported cases, four are permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Two other cases are a dependant’s pass holder and a work pass holder who arrived from India.
Another is a long-term visit pass holder, a two-year-old baby boy, who arrived from the UK. Six of them are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia, of who one is a foreign domestic worker.
The remaining four cases are short-term visit pass holders, of whom three arrived from Brazil, Canada, and Serbia to participate in a sporting event. The fourth short-term visit pass holder arrived from the US with her child who is studying here.