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Vaccinated People Accounted For 30% Of COVID-19 Deaths Last Year

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Vaccinated people accounted for 30% of COVID-19 deaths last year: Ong Ye Kung

Fully vaccinated individuals accounted for 30 per cent of Singapore’s COVID-19 deaths last year, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Monday (Jan 10).

Of the 802 COVID-19 deaths in Singapore last year, 247 were fully vaccinated.

Most of the vaccinated individuals who died from COVID-19 had received non-mRNA vaccines, according to crude incidence rates of deaths provided by Mr Ong.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Ong provided the crude incidence rates based on type of vaccination: 11 deaths per 100,000 for those vaccinated with Sinovac, 7.8 per 100,000 for Sinopharm, 6.2 per 100,000 for Pfizer-BioNTech, and 1 per 100,000 for Moderna.

“Be mindful we are calculating this based on quite a small sample of 247 deaths … These rates are only indicative since they do not account for other factors which can affect mortality such as the age and timing of vaccination,” said Mr Ong.

The remaining 555 people who died from COVID-19 last year were not fully vaccinated.

Although the unvaccinated represents a “small proportion” of Singapore’s population, those deaths accounted for 70 per cent of the total COVID-19 deaths last year, added Mr Ong.

Currently, around 132,000 people aged 18 and above remain unvaccinated, while there are around 300 people who are medically ineligible, said Mr Ong.

“We will continue to try to convince those who are medically eligible to get vaccinated, through their primary care physicians, public messaging and the media. But as the number gets smaller, it is also harder to convince them.”

MOH has managed to vaccinate “well over 90 per cent” of every eligible age group over the past months, he added.

“We are especially happy to see that amongst seniors aged 60 to 69, and 70 and above, 96 per cent and 95 per cent have been fully vaccinated respectively.”

As for those aged 12 to 19 years old, 95 per cent are fully vaccinated, said Mr Ong, while response has been “good” and operations have been “smooth” for vaccinations among younger children aged five to 11.

“At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine is authorised for use in ages below 18 years. We will continue to monitor closely the availability of other vaccines, including non-mRNA vaccines that are approved for use in children,” added Mr Ong.

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