[VACCINEWatch]: Were goodie bags distributed at Kreta Ayer only for vaccinated seniors?

By December 28, 2021 COVID-19, Health, Vaccine

We came across this audio recording being forwarded on Telegram:

Forwarded along with the recording is a transcript of what was being said:

As a quick summary, the individual in the recording claims that he had gone to the Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre to collect a goodie bag for the New Year. He noted that the contents of the goodie bags were “not from the Government or People’s Association”, but were “donated by companies such as [Sheng] Siong”.

He added that he was told that “the Police is controlling this distribution and [does] not allow non-vaccinated residents to collect these [goodie] bags”. It is not specified who told him this piece of information.

He ends the audio recording by questioning why the Government was “using police force to bully and intimidate senior citizens into submission”.

Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre: “Inaccurate information on Police controlling the distribution of goodie bags”

When we did a Google search of the keywords “kreta ayer activity centre new year goodie bags”, we were led to a Facebook post by Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre (SAC) published on 26 December:

In it, Kreta Ayer SAC references the audio recording and the claim that “the Police is controlling the distribution” and that non-vaccinated residents were not allowed to collect the goodie bags.

Kreta Ayer SAC clarified that the goodie bags with the food items were “voluntary contributions by officers of the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) [and] Kreta Ayer SAC had earlier identified senior beneficiaries to receive the food items”. They added that the man (presumably the one who did the audio recording) had visited the SAC on 24 December 2021 and “was not given the food items as he was not one of the beneficiaries”.

However, they also admitted that the SAC staff on duty had “mistakenly informed the man that the Police had said that the goodie bags were meant for vaccinated seniors”, and that this detail is inaccurate.

They added that the staff involved has been counselled, and that “the Police are not involved in the SAC’s operations”.

Therefore, it is false that the items in the goodie bags were donated by companies such as Sheng Siong, as they were donated by the CAD of the SPF.

It is also false that the Police were involved in Kreta Ayer SAC’s operations and that non-vaccinated residents were not allowed to collect the goodie bags.

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