Advisory to employers - Updated vaccination policies and ingestion of overseas vaccination records for migrant workers
Issued on 24 November 2021
- 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.
- As an employer, you are required to pay for the COVID-19 medical treatment for your unvaccinated workers. You may check with your medical insurance provider if your 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
- 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. Unvaccinated employees will not be allowed to enter worksites unless they have tested negative for COVID-19. This is applicable to Singaporean Citizens, Permanent Residents and all work pass holders.
Inclusion of Sinovac-CoronoVac into National Vaccination Programme (NVP)
- 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:
- If your migrant workers volunteer for the mRNA vaccines, they only need to take two doses of the MRA vaccines to complete their vaccination regime. For workers who are given the Sinovac-CoronaVac or Sinopharm vaccines, they need to receive three doses of the vaccine to be considered as fully vaccinated.
- If your migrant workers 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. You are required to make the necessary arrangements for your workers to complete their third dose of Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm 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
- If your workers 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. You may refer to the FAQs for a step-by-step guide.
- For further queries, please contact us at www.mom.gov.sg/efeedback.
- Thank you for your support and working with us in our fight against COVID-19.
Frequently asked questions
- What should I do as an employer if my migrant worker claims to be vaccinated overseas?
You should arrange for your workers to confirm their vaccination status at any of the Regional Medical Centres or one of the private healthcare providers. Please remind your workers to bring along their overseas vaccination documentation on the day of the visit. They will be required to take a serology test and their overseas COVID-19 vaccination records will be accepted and ingested onto the NIR only when the serology test results are positive. This may take a few days and their vaccination status will be updated on FWMOMCare app, Safe@Work and SGWorkPass when the results are made available.
If any of your workers’ serology result is negative, his overseas COVID-19 vaccination records will not be accepted and ingested into the NIR and will be considered as an unvaccinated worker. In such situation, you can strongly encourage your worker to take his vaccination in Singapore, which is available for free currently.
Please note that the cost for verifying the overseas COVID-19 vaccination record and the serology test will be determined by the respective regional medical centres or private healthcare providers. You can contact the clinics directly to check on the charges. You may refer to the FAQs on MOH's website for more information.
Do my workers need to take the booster dose?
Eligible workers aged 30 and above, 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 migrant workers are not medically eligible to be vaccinated, please arrange for them to receive non-mRNA vaccines if possible. You should also declare the medical status of their unvaccinated workers who are medically ineligible to complete the COVID-19 vaccination.