‘Seniors, get boosted! Mai tu liao!’

The two co-chairs of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce are back with another public service announcement.

Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and Health Minister Ong Ye Kung shared two videos – one in English, the other Chinese — on their respective social media platforms, urging seniors to get their vaccinations and boosters.

As Singapore is facing a recent surge in cases mainly driven by the newer Omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5, DPM Wong once again emphasised the importance of vaccination.

“We are bracing ourselves for a new wave of Covid infections. Vaccinations and boosters are very important to protect ourselves and our families,” he explained in the video in English.

To date, 70,000 seniors have yet to receive their third vaccine shot. 

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung added that to make it easier for seniors to get boosted, Mobile Vaccination Teams will be deployed at up to 50 sites in the heartlands.

As a start, three mobile vaccination teams were deployed to Ansar, Telok Blangah and Nee Soon on Jun 27.

The number of shots taken makes a difference:

1. Seniors 60 and above who are not vaccinated at all, the chances of them dying or ending up in ICU is 40 in 1000.

2. The same group who have taken the first two shots but not boosted, the chances of them dying or ending up in ICU is 10 in 1000.

3. Finally, the same group who have taken three shots, the chances of them dying or ending up in ICU drop to 3 in 1000.

The health minister then ended the Chinese video with a “mai tu liao”, urging all the ah gongs and ah mas to not wait any more and quickly get their vaccinations.

You can check out both videos here: