Singapore has made the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for work passes, long-term passes and new applications for permanent residence in Singapore from 1 February next year. Those who are renewing their work passes will also need to be vaccinated, The Straits Times reported, citing the Multi-Ministry Task Force (MMTF) in Covid.
The new order will not apply to children under 12 and those who are medically unfit to be vaccinated, they said. The new measure, announced on Sunday, is part of a nationwide effort to tackle the Omicron variant.
The Singapore Daily quoted MMTF as saying, “These measures will help us maintain a high vaccination rate and safely revitalize our society and economy.” At the time of application, employers must make a declaration that their work pass holders and dependents are fully vaccinated upon arrival in Singapore.
Job pass holders must submit or present their vaccination certificate as part of the verification process. Those who have a digitally verified certificate must upload the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority’s Vaccination Check to the portal system.
Those who do not have digitally verified credentials must present their vaccination credentials to airlines or ferry operators or at checkpoints before boarding. Those who are unable to produce the required paperwork will not be allowed to board the plane or enter Singapore, unless previously granted a waiver.
People vaccinated abroad must update their immunization records at the National Immunization Registry (NIR) and be given a 30-day grace period to show the results of a positive serology test taken at a public health preparation clinic upon arrival in Singapore. “If their test is negative, they will have to complete the immunization process in Singapore or their pass may be revoked,” the task force said.
For dependents of work pass holders, the vaccination requirement will not apply to children under 12 years of age. Pass holders who are medically ineligible for vaccination must submit a doctor’s memo at the time of application and undergo a medical review upon arrival in Singapore.
Those who are applying for permanent residency, student pass and long-term visit pass will have their vaccine status verified once the pass is issued. Their vaccination records need to be updated with the NIR.
If applicants are not vaccinated or vaccinated abroad, the serology of the test is negative, an indication that the body did not produce antibodies in response to the vaccination Pass.
Vaccination conditions will not apply to permanent residency, long-term visit pass and student pass applicants who are under 12 years of age, as well as those who are medically ineligible for vaccination.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned that vaccinated workers will no longer be allowed to return to work from January 15, even if they have negative pre-event testing (PET) results. 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.
“After review and discussions with tripartite partners, we have decided to remove the PET exemption for immunized persons to return to work from January 15, 2022,” Channel News Asia quoted MoH as saying. Those who have not been vaccinated will be given a grace period until January 31 to complete their immunization arrangements, the ministry said.
During the grace period, they may enter their workplace with negative PET results.
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