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Singapore tightens restrictions on people who refuse Covid-19 vaccine

Singapore announced it would stop paying Covid-19 treatment fees to those who deliberately did not receive the vaccine, amid pressure on the health system.

“Unvaccinated people make up the majority of cases requiring intensive inpatient treatment, causing the majority of the strain on our medical resources,” Singapore’s Ministry of Health said in a November 8 announcement. .

Passengers at Singapore's Changi Airport on January 18.  Photo: Reuters.

Passengers at Singapore’s Changi Airport on January 18. Photo: Reuters.

Singapore has a policy of paying hospital fees for all citizens and permanent residents in case of nCoV infection, except for those who test positive immediately after returning from abroad. However, from December 8, Covid-19 patients who deliberately refuse to be vaccinated will have to pay their own hospital fees.

People infected with nCoV can still use regular financial contracts to pay for hospital fees, such as private insurance. Bills from people who are not eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, such as children under 12 and people with certain illnesses, will still be covered by the government.

Singapore has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 vaccination in the world, with 85% of its 5.5 million population fully vaccinated. However, in recent months, the island nation has faced a significant wave of infections due to the Delta mutation and recorded about 2,000 – 3,000 infections per day, but only a few deaths.

Luster (Follow AFP)

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