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No jab, no entry: Singapore highlights rise of vaccine mandates

New COVID rule at city-state's shopping malls adds to growing trend in Asia

A shopping mall in central Singapore informs customers they must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto)

SINGAPORE -- Rules demanding proof of coronavirus jabs to enter places such as shopping malls and offices have sprung up in Singapore and other parts of Asia in the wake of rising vaccination rates, as authorities push to get their economies back on track while fighting infections.

Singapore on Wednesday banned unvaccinated people from entering malls and large stand-alone stores. The rule is meant "to protect unvaccinated individuals and reduce the strain on our health care system," the government said as it announced the plan last week, noting malls had been identified as relatively high-risk locations.

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