SINGAPORE: The recent news that individuals are selling their COVID-19 Resilience Medals on Carousell has not only caused a stir among netizens, but it has also elicited backlash from healthcare workers against the authorities.
According to an open letter, these workers, who toiled throughout the pandemic, feel unrecognized by the country in the national awards.
In a move to honour those who played pivotal roles in Singapore’s battle against COVID-19, the government introduced the COVID-19 Resilience Medal and COVID-19 Resilience Certificate as National Awards in December last year.
Prime Minister Lee had earlier announced the introduction of a special state award known as the COVID-19 Resilience Medal during his National Day Rally speech on 21 August 2022.
The COVID-19 Resilience Medal and COVID-19 Resilience Certificate are novel national awards designed to commend the significant contributions of individuals and teams who were directly involved in Singapore’s fight against COVID-19.
A total of 119,950 individuals and 1,550 teams have been bestowed with these prestigious awards across 11 categories.
Notably, The Prime Minister’s Office does not specify the process for the nomination and awarding the COVID-19 Resilience Medal and Certificate.
Open letter expresses discontent over exclusion from COVID-19 Resilience Awards to government
Amidst the news of individuals selling their medals, a disheartening sentiment of exclusion has surfaced, particularly among health workers who have yet to be honoured.
On thehonesthealthcareworker Instagram account (17 Dec), an open letter addressed to Minister Ong Ye Kung and the Ministry of Health (MOH) has shed light on the issue of frontliners who feel overlooked in the award recognition process.
The content of the open letter notes that, despite the numerous individuals receiving awards, a considerable number of health workers remain conspicuously absent from ...