No change to current COVID-19 measures despite recent uptick in cases, but important for seniors to get vaccinated: DPM Wong

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SINGAPORE: Despite the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, there is no need to tighten Singapore’s safe management measures at this stage, said Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday (Jun 27). 

The recent surge in cases has been mainly driven by the newer Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5, he said.

While they are more transmissible, the severity of infections linked to these subvariants appears to be similar to that of earlier strains of Omicron. 

“We must expect cases to continue rising in the coming weeks fortunately, there is no evidence of increased severity with this subvariant and overall hospitalisation situation remains stable,” said Mr Wong, who is also co-chair of the multi-ministry taskforce on COVID-19. 

“So, for now, our assessment is that we will be able to ride through this wave based on our current posture. In other words, we do not need to tighten our safe management measures at this stage,” he said, adding that country will monitor the situation closely including the infection trajectory over the coming weeks, the severity as well as the hospital situation.

If need be, the Government will have to make adjustments, he said. 

He added that there will be another round of ART kit distribution sometime next month, with every household to receive 10 kits.

IMPORTANT FOR SENIORS TO BE VACCINATED

To date, 70,000 seniors have yet to receive their third vaccine shot. 

On Monday, three mobile vaccination teams were deployed to locations in the heartlands - Ansar, Telok Blangah and Nee Soon - for seniors to walk in and get their shots. 

To encourage more to get vaccinated, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said this will be expanded to 25 mobile vaccination teams in the next 2-3 weeks to make it more convenient for seniors to get their COVID-19 vaccination or booster shots.

These teams will stay in one location for two to three days, before moving to another spot. 

Seniors aged 60 years and above will be given priority to walk in and get their shots with the mobile vaccination teams. 

As for those aged 59 and below, their vaccination slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to venue space and vaccine availability.

The deployment of 

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