Vaccination is one of the key strategies to protect us and our loved ones against COVID-19. Singapore has kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination drive in January 2021.
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Insights From Our NUHS Experts on the COVID-19 Vaccine
Professor Teo Yik Ying
Dean, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Worldwide, vaccinated people were 10 to 25 times less likely to die when they are infected with COVID-19.
Source:晨光 – 大数据 新视力: 为何接种率达标 死亡例却不减 (Morning Express – why is the vaccination rate on target but deaths have not decreased?), MediaCorp News, 23 September 2021
At some point, we will see COVID-19 being included as part of our national immunisation schedule for both adults and children, and perhaps we will need regular booster shots from time to time to make sure we continue to be protected, especially against any new emerging variants. And once in a while, there will be people who will be infected, just like with tuberculosis, and just like with tetanus. Most may not even know when they have been infected. But crucially, a COVID-19 infection for someone who is vaccinated "no longer bears a real risk of being hospitalised or potentially dying from it."
Source: COVID-19 vaccine could become like yearly flu shot, say experts on ST panel discussion, The Straits Times, 2 June 2021
If there are enough people that have been vaccinated, then even if someone is infected, the vast majority of the people that this infected person interacts with will already be vaccinated and not be infected. This is why mass vaccination with an effective and safe vaccine remains a very powerful public health measure to protect against an infectious disease.
Source: Arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine doesn't signal a quick return to normality: Experts, Channel NewsAsia, 22 January 2021