Vaccinated individuals account for 75% of recent COVID-19 cases in Singapore, but few get sick

(VOVWORLD) - Vaccinated individuals accounted for three-quarters of Singapore's COVID-19 infections in the last four weeks, but they were not falling seriously ill, government data showed, as a rapid ramp-up in inoculations leaves fewer people unvaccinated.

While the data shows that vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe cases, it also underscores the risk that even those inoculated could be contagious, so that inoculation alone may not suffice to halt transmission.

Of Singapore's 1,100 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, about 44% were in fully vaccinated people while 30% were partially vaccinated and just over 25% were unvaccinated, Thursday's data showed.

There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected, the health ministry said, adding that all the fully vaccinated and infected people had shown no symptoms, or only mild ones.

Singapore has already inoculated nearly 75% of its 5.7 million people, the world's second highest after the United Arab Emirates, a Reuters tracker shows, and half of its population has been fully vaccinated.

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