First-time vaccinations drop again

But all adult age groups exceed 80% rate

Weekly vaccination numbers saw a spike in September, after COVID-19 community transmissions were confirmed for the first time in almost a year.

Weekly first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations have dropped to an average of less than 300 over the past three weeks, after the first community transmissions in almost a year caused a brief but steep surge in vaccination numbers in September.

Following the announcement that the virus had returned to the community on 9 Sept., 1,468 people flocked to the vaccination clinics in the week ending 13 Sept. to get their first shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. In the following week 1,170 people received the jab.

In the 10 weeks prior to that, weekly first-dose vaccination numbers averaged more than 380 people.

Although the figures have dipped in the past three weeks, the first-jab vaccination rates now exceed 80% in all adult age groups. Even among 12- to 17-year olds, the rate has climbed to 76%.

Vaccination rates have climbed considerably across all age groups since 10 Aug., as another 5,000 people received their first jab during the two-month period.

Overall, 55,654 people had one shot and 53,115 were fully vaccinated as of 12 Oct. This corresponds to rates of 78% and 75%, respectively, of the estimated population of 71,106.

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A total of 553 people had a third or booster shot.

According to this conservative population estimate, another 1,230 residents have to come forward to bring the vaccination rate of the population as a whole to 80%.

The recently-passed vaccination requirements for work permit holders are unlikely to tip the needle by much in the short term.

Work permit holders and their dependents over the age of 12 made up 36.3% of the estimated population in April 2021. If the estimates are correct, approximately 6,400 residents among the eligible population have not been vaccinated.

Vaccination statistics are not available by residency status. But if work permit holders were equally represented among the unvaccinated population and all received the jab, the overall vaccination rate would increase by 3.2 percentage points to 81.5%.

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