Unvaccinated Singapore workers barred from offices, workplaces from 1 Jan 2022

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People relax under trees in the financial business district in Singapore on October 21, 2021. / AFP / Roslan RAHMAN
People relax under trees in the financial business district in Singapore on October 21, 2021. / AFP / Roslan RAHMAN

SINGAPORE – From 1 January 2022, only employees who are fully vaccinated, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 270 days, can return to the workplace. 

In a virtual press conference on Saturday (23 October), the COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce (MTF) also said that unvaccinated employees will be barred from heading back to the workplace unless they test negative for COVID-19 prior to their return. These employees will need to pay for the costs of the tests. 

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release that the test should be a Pre-Event Test at an MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider, and must be valid for the duration that the employees are required to be present at the workplace.

More details, it said, will be shared through a separate press release jointly issued by MOH and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). There will also be a tripartite advisory on vaccination at the workplace.

To date, 84 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 85 per cent have received at least one dose.

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