Vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory in Singapore from February next year
Singapore has made the Covid vaccination a mandatory condition for the approval of new applications for work permits, long-term permits and permanent residence in Singapore from February 1 of next year.
Those who renew their work passes will also need to be vaccinated, the Straits Times reported, citing the Multi-Ministerial Task Force (MMTF) on Covid.
The new ordinance will not apply to children under 12 and those who are not medically eligible for vaccination, he said.
The new measure, announced on Sunday, is part of the country’s adjustments to deal with the Omicron variant.
“These measures will help keep our vaccination rates high and facilitate the safe reopening of our society and economy,” the Singaporean daily said, citing the MMTF.
At the time of application, employers will be required to declare that their work permit holders and dependents are fully immunized upon arrival in Singapore.
Holders of a work pass must submit or present their vaccination certificates as part of the verification process.
Those with digitally verifiable certificates will need to upload them to the Immigration Authority and Checkpoint Vaccine Verification Portal system.
Those without digitally verifiable certificates will need to present their vaccination certificates to airlines or ferry operators, or at the checkpoint, before boarding.
Persons who cannot produce the necessary documents will not be allowed to board the aircraft or enter Singapore, unless previously waived.
People who have been vaccinated overseas must update their immunization records in the National Immunization Register (NIR) and will have a 30-day grace period upon arrival in Singapore to undergo and show a result of positive serological test performed in a public health clinic.
“If they are negative, they will have to go through the full vaccination schedule in Singapore or their passes may be revoked,” the task force said.
As for the dependents of holders of a work subscription, the vaccination condition will not apply to children under 12 years of age.
Holders of medically ineligible vaccination passes will be required to submit a note from their physician at the time of application and undergo a medical examination upon arrival in Singapore.
Those applying for permanent residence, student passes, and long-term visitation passes will have their immunization status verified when their passes are issued. Their vaccination record should be updated in the INR.
If applicants are not vaccinated or vaccinated abroad but the serological test is negative, indicating that the body has not produced antibodies in response to the vaccination, they should follow the full vaccination schedule. in Singapore to fulfill the vaccination requirements before they can obtain permanent residency or long-term passes.
The vaccination condition will not apply to applicants for permanent residence, long-term business card and student card for people under the age of 12, as well as those who are not medically eligible for vaccination. .
Meanwhile, the Department of Health (MoH) has warned that unvaccinated workers will no longer be allowed to return to the workplace from January 15, even if they test negative on pre-event tests ( PET).
The ministry said in October that unvaccinated people would not be allowed to enter the workplace from January 2022, unless they tested negative for COVID-19.
“As a result of the review and discussions with the tripartite partners, we have decided to remove the PET concession for unvaccinated people to return to the workplace from January 15, 2022,” Channel News Asia said citing the Ministry of Health.
Partially vaccinated workers, those who have taken at least one dose of the vaccine but are not yet fully vaccinated, will have a grace period until Jan. 31 to complete the vaccination regimen, the ministry said.
During the grace period, they can enter their workplace with a negative PET result.
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