Covid-19 hospitalizations rose to 280 over the past week, seniors urged to get another vaccine

SINGAPORE – The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has risen to about 280 over the past week, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said, reiterating his call for the vulnerable to receive an extra shot of the vaccine.

To make it more convenient for vulnerable seniors to receive their vaccines, mobile Covid-19 vaccination teams will be deployed to selected central island locations from now until June 28.

The number of Covid-19 hospitalizations has increased in recent weeks, with around 250 such cases during the week of May 5-11, up from 181 the previous week.

Speaking at the Kaki Bukit Health Fiesta on May 25, Ong urged residents, especially the elderly, to protect themselves by wearing masks or receiving an extra dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Get vaccinated about once a year, especially if you are older,” he said at the event, held at the Kaki Bukit Community Centre.

This comes amid a wave of Covid-19 infections, driven by the KP.1 and KP.2 subvariants, which account for more than two-thirds of Covid-19 cases here.

As of May 3, the World Health Organization had classified KP.2 as a variant under monitoring.

However, the Ministry of Health has noted that there is currently no indication, either globally or locally, that KP.1 and KP.2 are more transmissible or cause more severe disease than other circulating variants.

The ministry said on May 18 that the estimated number of Covid-19 cases for the week of May 5-11 was 25,900 cases, almost double the previous week’s 13,700 cases.

Ong then said the current wave was expected to peak in late June.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, the Health Ministry said around 5,700 people received a dose of the updated Covid-19 vaccine between May 20 and 23, about half of whom were aged 60 or older. .

“While this is more than 3.5 times the number of people who received a dose of the updated Covid-19 vaccine in the period from May 13 to 16, 2024, the most vulnerable Singaporeans are no longer up to date with their vaccinations Covid-19.” said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.

“With each new wave, there is an increased risk that they will become seriously ill if they become infected,” he added.