A life that resembles some form of normalcy. It won’t be the ‘normal’ we knew prior to 2020, but close enough.
But before that, it is important to remember that we can only achieve this if everyone in Singapore gets vaccinated. For the last time – the vaccine options offered in Singapore are safe and CAN prevent you from falling seriously ill if you do catch the virus anyways. Like the common flu.
PM Lee had also shared in a speech on 31 May, “Covid-19 vaccinations will not entirely prevent you from getting Covid-19 but vaccination makes this much less likely. And if you do get sick, despite being vaccinated, you are also much less likely to become very ill.”
Vaccination uptake is still not ideal. According to an article published by Gov.sg: “To date (18th May), about 71% of eligible seniors aged 60 and above, and close to 66% of eligible persons aged 45 to 59 years old have received the COVID-19 vaccination or booked their vaccination appointments.”
For us to get closer to the ‘new normal’, an endemic state, more Singaporeans need to step up to do the responsible thing and “get jabbed”. Otherwise, we will continue to be stuck in this limbo of opening and closing our borders, putting many livelihoods in jeopardy.
So what does this new ‘normal’ look like? And what can we look forward to?
Let’s face it – I think we’ve all established by now that Covid-19 will never be fully eradicated. There’s just no way we can be sure it has been wiped out from every corner of the world, but we can learn to live with it.
This means; regular vaccinations for protecting us against a severe life-threatening Covid-19 transmission, borders opening and taking in people from countries who have been disciplined in putting safeguards in place, vaccine requirements for entering countries when travelling, and much more.
Dr Leong Hoe Nam, Infectious Disease Specialist at the Rophi Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital had also shared with CNA; “Endemic living will happen in Singapore when we achieve a high vaccination rate of about 70 to 90 per cent of the population and when unlinked cases do not overwhelm our contact tracing capabilities. “
Life goes on. We can’t really do without other countries, and most definitely cannot stay closed to the world forever. If and when the world trudges along, accepting that Covid-19 will always be with us, we have to press on as well.