Singaporeans back mandatory Covid-19 jabs, survey suggests


People pose for photographs with the Christmas decorations at the departure hall at Changi International Airport in Singapore. - dpa

SINGAPORE, Dec 4 (dpa): Around seven in 10 Singaporeans believe coronavirus jabs should be required by law in the wealthy city-state, according to a survey by the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The university's Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) said that "close to 70 per cent felt that the government should make vaccination compulsory to all Singaporeans and long-term residents."

Around 87 per cent of Singapore's 5.45 million people have received two doses of vaccine, according to Health Ministry data, with 27 per cent getting a third booster shot.

The government has already imposed restrictions on the unvaccinated minority, with bans on entry into malls and restaurants and a vaccinated-only policy lined up for offices due to reopen in January.

The survey findings come after Singapore's worst wave of the pandemic.

Of the 726 virus-linked deaths, all but 55 have occurred in the three months since September 2. Around 200,000 of the roughly 266,000 cases have been confirmed over the same period.

The survey found that satisfaction with the official response to the pandemic fluctuated over time, falling from 77 per cent in July to less than 60 per cent in October as death and case numbers peaked. - dpa

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