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88% of eligible migrant workers in Singapore have received Covid-19 booster shots

The Straits Times, Singapore, 18 December 2021 - The take-up of the Covid-19 booster shot has been high among migrant workers here, with 88 per cent of those eligible choosing to get the additional dose.

This includes workers living in dormitories, as well as construction, marine and process workers living in other types of accommodation.

Workers are eligible for the additional dose 150 days after their second jab, and the booster exercise for them kicked off in October at the Kranji vaccination centre.

But even with the high booster take-up rate and the already high vaccination rate among dorm residents, more time is needed to understand the new Omicron variant before restrictions can be eased further, Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said on Thursday (Dec 16).

"We're monitoring the situation very closely," he said in an interview ahead of International Migrants Day, which falls on Saturday.

Dr Tan noted that preliminary data out of South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first identified, seems to show that those who are vaccinated have only a very mild form of the illness when infected with the new strain.

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Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/88-of-eligible-migrant-workers-have-received-covid-19-booster-shots

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