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Advisory to dormitory operators - Updated vaccination policies and ingestion of overseas vaccination records for migrant workers

Issued on 24 November 2021
Updated on 16 February 2022

  1. From 8 December 2021, all COVID-19 patients who are eligible for vaccination but choose not to be vaccinated, will have to bear the costs of their COVID-19 medical bills. This policy will also apply to migrant workers who remain unvaccinated by choice.
  2. Employers are required to pay for the COVID-19 medical treatment for their unvaccinated workers. They may check with their medical insurance provider if their existing medical insurance policies for migrant workers cover medical treatment for COVID-19.

    Unvaccinated migrant workers will not be allowed to enter worksites from January 2022
  3. From 1 January 2022, only employees who are fully vaccinated or are within 270 days from their date of COVID-19 infection, can enter the worksite. This is applicable to Singaporean Citizens, Permanent Residents and all work pass holders.

    Inclusion of Sinovac-CoronoVac into National Vaccination Programme (NVP)
  4. The Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine has been included in the National Vaccination Programme. Given the relatively lower vaccine efficacy of Sinovac-CoronaVac compared with mRNA vaccines, you should take note of the following guidance on the different vaccine regime protocols:
    1. If your residents volunteer for the mRNA vaccines, they only need to take two doses of the MRA vaccines to complete their vaccination regime. For residents who are given the Sinovac-CoronaVac or Sinopharm vaccines, they need to receive three doses of the vaccine to be considered as fully vaccinated.
    2. If your residents have taken two doses of the Sinovac-CoronaVac or Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, they will be considered as fully vaccinated for 4 months after the second dose, or until 31 December 2021, whichever is later. Employers are required to make the necessary arrangements for your workers to complete their third dose of Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm or or any mRNA vaccine at least 90 days from their second dose to be considered as fully vaccinated individuals from 1 January 2022.

    Ingestion of Overseas Vaccination Records for Migrant Workers
  5. If your residents have been vaccinated overseas with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) approved list of COVID-19 vaccines, they should have their vaccination records ingested onto the National Immunisation Registry (NIR) before 1 January 2022. Please remind their employers to do so.
  6. For further queries, please approach the FAST teams in your dormitory.
  7. Thank you for your support and working with us in our fight against COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Do my residents need to take the booster dose?

    Eligible workers who have not been infected with the COVID-19 virus before and completed their first two doses are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for significant additional protection against COVID-19 infection and severe illness. When compared with persons eligible for the booster but who have not yet received it, the booster further reduces the risk of COVID-19 infection by around 70%, and the risk of severe infections by around 90%.

    If your residents are not medically eligible to be vaccinated, they should receive non-mRNA vaccines if possible.