Singapore has become the most fully vaccinated country in the world, according to a Reuters tracker.
- Authorities say they will soon announce further easing of COVID-19 restrictions
- Singapore has been planning an exit strategy that involves “learning to live with COVID-19”
- Fifty-five people have died from the virus overall
Singapore has 80 per cent of its 5.7 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“We have crossed another milestone, where 80 per cent of our population has received their full regimen of two doses,” he wrote.
“It means Singapore has taken another step forward in making ourselves more resilient to COVID-19.”
Singapore, which like Australia has mostly followed a zero transmission model, has been planning an exit strategy that involves “learning to live with COVID-19”.
The small nation relies on Pfizer and Moderna to vaccinate its population.
In July, the Ministry of Health announced a mobile vaccination campaign to reach seniors aged 60 years and above in suburban areas of Singapore.
“Over 4,300 homebound individuals have received their COVID-19 jab by the home vaccination team,” Mr Ong wrote in his post.
“Every week, we continue to receive about 700 requests for home vaccinations.
“To meet the demand, and thanks to over 200 volunteer doctors and nurses, and also the assistance of [the Singapore Armed Forces], we are tripling the number of home vaccination teams from 11 to 33 teams.
“As a result, we are now able to halve the waiting time from [eight] weeks to [four] weeks.”
All home vaccinations are expected to be completed by the end of September, Mr Ong said.
Authorities have said they will further ease COVID-19 restrictions after hitting the 80 per cent milestone.
Official government data shows there have been more than 67,300 total cases since the pandemic began in Singapore, with 55 deaths, and 133 new cases recorded yesterday.