More data needed before borders can be opened - MOH

The Ministry of Health noted that most countries have just begun their vaccination programmes.

The Ministry of Health continues to assess vaccination statuses both domestically and abroad, adding that more data is needed before they can recommend a further easing of border measures.

"Data on the duration of the vaccine’s protection and its effectiveness in preventing transmission, has been encouraging thus far. More data is needed to assess if changes to border measures such as testing and Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements can be made for vaccinated individuals," said Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for Health on Monday.

This statement was made in relation to questions from the Parliament on vaccination certificates.

Puthucheary noted that while they are in discussions with international counterparts on the mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, most countries have just begun their vaccination programmes.

"Border measures will also take into account other factors such as the number of COVID-19 cases and the infection control measures implement in the source countries. Hence progress on cross-border recognition of vaccine certification may take some time," the Health Minister said.

Travel to Singapore may resume as early as May, according to a separate statement from the Civil Aviation Authority.

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