The AccessCode changes are in line with the COVID-19 recovery protocol for dormitory migrant workers, the Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) requirements and the Workforce Vaccination Measures where non-fully vaccinated workers are not allowed to be at the workplaces. From 17 March 2022, the AccessCode status for the following groups of workers will be turned “red” and they will not be allowed to go to work.
- Workers who test positive using the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Workers with no symptoms and who have recently recovered should not self-test within 90 days from recovery. However, if they have no symptoms and inadvertently test positive within 28 days of their recent infection episode, there is no need to be isolated and they can continue with their daily life, including work.
- Workers staying in the dormitories who are still required to be on RRT but missed their ART based on the RRT schedule
- All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated workers. This includes workers who have recovered from COVID-19 beyond 180 days from their date of infection, but have not completed their vaccination requirements.
Workers in the above-mentioned groups or with AccessCode status “red” are not allowed to enter workplaces. Audits and inspections will be conducted, and actions will be taken against the employer and workers if they are found breaching the above.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated recovered workers who are still within 180 days from their date of infection, as well as those who are medically ineligible, will have their AccessCode status remain “green” and can continue to enter workplaces. All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated workers residing in the dormitories will still be required to undergo their 3-day FET-RRT regime.
As an employer, you should:
- Share the information available through this link with your workers, to familiarise them on the AccessCode changes that will take place from 17 March 2022.
- Ensure that your workers complete their full vaccination regime and required booster dose as soon as possible. You may refer to the table in Annex A here for details on how to arrange for your workers’ vaccination appointments.
- Arrange for transport for your workers to and from the RMC, GP clinic, or vaccination centre. Do ensure that your workers turn up strictly according to their given appointment times as workers who arrive on time will be prioritised for the vaccination. Those who turn up at a different time may run the risk of having their vaccination appointment cancelled or rescheduled.
- Not allow your workers to go to work if they are not fully vaccinated.
- Remind your workers to monitor their health and report sick if they feel unwell.