It’s no secret that it’s been extra tough for our healthcare workers the past two years. With the rapid surge in cases, these healthcare workers are facing a serious manpower crunch. As the nation preps to move towards the endemic phase, healthcare workers have to continue holding the fort as our frontline defence against the virus.
Previously, we reported about a group of elderly people who have been gathering in Bedok to gamble, in pax of more than 50. The group was also seen to be without their masks and not observing safe distancing measures. Needless to say, such behaviour is irresponsible and could land more people into trouble if a Covid-19 cluster were to be formed.
In fact, a healthcare worker shared, “So to those who are healthy and walking around now, I do hope they act responsibly and get vaccinated, so they don’t end up in the hospital”.
Why vaccination is important
Vaccination confers 14 times more protection against the virus. This means that those who are vaccinated are 14 times less likely to become seriously ill from Covid-19.
By being vaccinated and less likely to fall seriously ill from Covid-19, we free up medical care for those who really need it. This helps our healthcare workers, who are already feeling taxed and tired from the increase of Covid-19 cases.
It’s simple math, even 2% of the daily confirmed Covid-19 cases will add to their workload significantly. It’s no longer about prepping enough hospital beds, it’s about healthcare workers, who need to work non-stop in such situations. We only have so many healthcare workers to go around and they need their rest too!
Be kind and appreciate our healthcare workers
Our healthcare workers often face verbal abuse from patients’ families. Though everyone is understandably upset with the current Covid-19 situation, let’s not forget that our healthcare workers have been going the extra mile and sacrificing their own rest. Let’s be kind, appreciate them and help them out by protecting ourselves and behaving responsibly.
Majority of Singaporeans are vaccinated
The good news is, about 84% of Singapore’s population has been fully vaccinated, as at 12 Oct 2021. Since majority of the population is vaccinated and better protected against the virus, Singapore should plan and move towards its recovery plan.
The past two years have been tough on everyone. Continuing to stay closed will affect more jobs and our economy. With the announcement of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with more countries opening up, we see that the aviation sector in particular, see some sparks at reopening. This has a trickle-down effect to other parties, like those who are in retail jobs and need these tourist dollars to come in.
We cannot allow the minority to hold everyone back
Singapore cannot stay closed indefinitely. The sooner we are able to open up safely, the better it will be for our economy and jobs. We’re encouraging those who are medically eligible to be vaccinated to do so as it is for their own good. However, even if they choose not to get vaccinated, society can no longer wait for them nor go back to a lockdown and defensive stance anymore. We hope that Singaporeans will continue on and continue strong. We’re all looking forward to better days ahead as the economy reopens!