Updates on Vaccination Policy at the Workplace

31 Dec 2021

This advisory brings attention to MOM’s updated advisory on COVID-19 vaccination at the workplace dated 27 Dec 2021. Please refer to https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-on-covid-19-vaccination-in-employment-settings for more information.
 
Phase 1 (1 January 2022 to 14 January 2022): 
Employees who are fully vaccinated, certified to be medically ineligible, or have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days1, can return to the workplace2. Unvaccinated employees will still be allowed at the workplace if they have a negative Pre-Event Testing (PET) result3. The PET negative result must be valid for the duration4 that employees are required to be present at the workplace. Unvaccinated employees have to pay for the costs of PET and show the PET results to their employers when reporting to the workplace.
  
Phase 2 (15 January 2022 onwards): 
Only employees who are fully vaccinated, certified to be medically ineligible or have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days, can return to the workplace. The concession for unvaccinated employees to perform PET in lieu of being fully vaccinated will be removed, i.e. such employees will not be allowed to return to the workplace even if they did PET with a negative result. Partially vaccinated5 employees will still be allowed at workplaces with a negative PET result up to 31 January 2022 after which they must be fully vaccinated.
 
Vaccination significantly strengthens our defences against COVID-19. As we transit into a COVID resilient nation, EDB urges all employers and employees to work together to control the spread of COVID-19, reduce the strain on our healthcare institutions and facilitate a safe reopening of our society and economy. Unvaccinated employees are encouraged to go for vaccination as soon as possible to protect their well-being and avoid any impact to their jobs and livelihoods. Employees may walk into any vaccination centre, polyclinic and participating Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC) to get vaccinated without the need to make an appointment.
 
Footnotes:

  1. From 1 January 2022, all recovered persons from COVID-19 who are not fully vaccinated will only be given a 180-day exemption after infection to enter the workplace. Non-fully vaccinated individuals who had recovered from COVID-19 prior to 1 January 2022 will also have their exemption period reduced from 270 days to 180 days. Such individuals who will already exceed the 180-day period as at 1 January 2022 would be granted an additional one-month grace period till 31 January 2022 to complete their vaccination regime, so as to continue being able to enter the workplace.
     
  2. Subject to prevailing Government mandated Safe Management Measures (SMM).
     
  3. Unvaccinated employees may proceed to MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers for PET. Please refer to http://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/statistics/pet for more details.
     
  4. Negative PET result is valid for 24 hours.
  5. Employees must have received at least 1 dose of a vaccine under the National Vaccination Programme or WHO Emergency Use Listing.