Singapore gets tough with Covid-19 vaccine opponents

Singapore is getting tough with residents who refuse to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, a part of society that causes major headaches for the government in designing a strategy to eventually overcome the pandemic.

Health officials in the city-state will now start charging Covid-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice beginning on December 8, which means that patients who receive therapeutics and stay in intensive care units in public hospitals may have to pay up to 25,000 Singapore dollars ($18,480) for their treatment, Bloomberg News reported.

“Our hospitals really much prefer not to have to bill these patients at all, but we have to send this important signal to urge everyone to get vaccinated if you are eligible,” health minister Ong Ye Kung was quoted as saying in the report.

Anti-vaxxers Straining healthcare resources” disproportionally”

In a country where 85 per cent of the population is already fully vaccinated, patients without shots make up a sizeable majority of those who need intensive inpatient care and would “disproportionately” strain public health care resources, Kung added.

Those who refuse to get shots but are unable to foot the high bills would get some kind of support, the minister said, adding that “depending on the severity of the patient’s condition and the type of the Covid-19 facility where care is rendered, the bill size would vary:”

Singapore has increased pressure on vaccine opponents to get their inoculations in recent months, including barring unvaccinated people from malls, restaurants and attractions. From the start of next year, only vaccinated people will be allowed in offices, while the unvaccinated will have to pay for their own tests before being allowed in.

“Vaccine hesitancy” as a worldwide problem in the fight against Covid-19

Health insurance companies are somehow in the quagmire in this situation, with some saying that they would fulfil their contractual obligations and pay treatment for the unvaccinated, while others noted that they would not insure “something which is against public policy,” according to the report.

Vaccine deniers have become a worldwide problem as nations are currently struggling with new waves of infections mainly among those without a vaccine. While anti-vaxxers argue that they do not trust the vaccine and would not let it enter their body and some even allege a state-led conspiracy, vaccine advocates have called vaccine opponents “anti-social,” “irresponsible” and “selfish” when referring to “individual liberty“ over social consensus that a high vaccination rate is a way out of the Covid-19 nightmare.



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Singapore is getting tough with residents who refuse to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, a part of society that causes major headaches for the government in designing a strategy to eventually overcome the pandemic. Health officials in the city-state will now start charging Covid-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice beginning on December 8, which means that patients who receive therapeutics and stay in intensive care units in public hospitals may have to pay up to 25,000 Singapore dollars ($18,480) for their treatment, Bloomberg News reported. “Our hospitals really much prefer not to have to bill these patients at...

Singapore is getting tough with residents who refuse to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, a part of society that causes major headaches for the government in designing a strategy to eventually overcome the pandemic.

Health officials in the city-state will now start charging Covid-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice beginning on December 8, which means that patients who receive therapeutics and stay in intensive care units in public hospitals may have to pay up to 25,000 Singapore dollars ($18,480) for their treatment, Bloomberg News reported.

“Our hospitals really much prefer not to have to bill these patients at all, but we have to send this important signal to urge everyone to get vaccinated if you are eligible,” health minister Ong Ye Kung was quoted as saying in the report.

Anti-vaxxers Straining healthcare resources” disproportionally”

In a country where 85 per cent of the population is already fully vaccinated, patients without shots make up a sizeable majority of those who need intensive inpatient care and would “disproportionately” strain public health care resources, Kung added.

Those who refuse to get shots but are unable to foot the high bills would get some kind of support, the minister said, adding that “depending on the severity of the patient’s condition and the type of the Covid-19 facility where care is rendered, the bill size would vary:”

Singapore has increased pressure on vaccine opponents to get their inoculations in recent months, including barring unvaccinated people from malls, restaurants and attractions. From the start of next year, only vaccinated people will be allowed in offices, while the unvaccinated will have to pay for their own tests before being allowed in.

“Vaccine hesitancy” as a worldwide problem in the fight against Covid-19

Health insurance companies are somehow in the quagmire in this situation, with some saying that they would fulfil their contractual obligations and pay treatment for the unvaccinated, while others noted that they would not insure “something which is against public policy,” according to the report.

Vaccine deniers have become a worldwide problem as nations are currently struggling with new waves of infections mainly among those without a vaccine. While anti-vaxxers argue that they do not trust the vaccine and would not let it enter their body and some even allege a state-led conspiracy, vaccine advocates have called vaccine opponents “anti-social,” “irresponsible” and “selfish” when referring to “individual liberty“ over social consensus that a high vaccination rate is a way out of the Covid-19 nightmare.



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