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FAQs on COVID-19 vaccination for work pass holders

Employers can find out how to get COVID-19 vaccination for their Work Permit (including MDWs), S Pass, EP, LTVP and Dependant’s Pass holders who are in Singapore.

Priority COVID-19 vaccination exercise for work pass holders

As an employer, what should I do for this priority vaccination exercise?Show

While the COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary, we need your help to strongly encourage all your eligible workers to get the vaccination and protect themselves against COVID-19.

You should arrange transportation to and from the vaccination centre if your workers who wish to be vaccinated.

Do my workers need to apply for Exit Pass or Essential Errands Pass to go for vaccination?Show

No, they don’t need to apply for Exit Pass or Essentials Errands Pass to go for vaccination.

How do they sign up for vaccination?Show

For all Work Permit, S Pass (SP), Employment Pass (EP), Dependant’s Pass holders & others who reside in dormitories

We will schedule your workers for vaccination at the designated MOM vaccination centres.

Your worker will receive both doses of the vaccination if they have not been infected by COVID-19.

If your worker has been infected by COVID-19 and has recovered for over 3 months, we will schedule your worker to go for a single dose of the vaccination.

For Work Permit holders in the Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors and not residing in dormitories We will coordinate with Sector Leads (Building and Construction Authority (BCA) – Construction; Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) – Marine shipyard; Economic Development Board (EDB) – Process) to schedule your worker for vaccination.
For SP, EP, DP holders and others in the Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors and not residing in dormitories You can register for COVID-19 Vaccination online and you will receive an SMS as soon as there are vacant slots available for booking.
For Work Permit, SP, EP, DP holders & others who are not in the Construction, Marine shipyard and Process sectors and not residing in dormitories
For Migrant Domestic Workers

Where are the MOM Vaccination Centres?Show

Pancare Seletar Vaccination Centre Battersea Road
  • SATA Kranji Vaccination Centre (KVC) had ceased operations on 31 July 2021.
  • Changi Airport Terminal 4 (Raffles Medical Vaccination Centre) had ceased operations on 17 August 2021.

Safe@Work is showing that my workers are “not scheduled” for vaccination, how can I arrange an appointment for them?Show

If your workers appear to be in one of these categories, you do not need to schedule an appointment with MOH directly:

  • For Work Permit, S Pass, Employment Pass holders (EP) and Dependant’s Pass (DP) holders who are residing in dormitories.
  • All Work Permit holders in the Construction, Marine and Process Sector who do not resides in dormitories.

We will schedule your workers for vaccination at the designated MOM vaccination centre. You should receive an email and be able to retrieve the details from Safe@Work, SGWorkPass and FWMOMCare. We will inform you in due course for the vaccination of your workers once they have been scheduled.

Safe@Work is showing that my workers have “missed appointment” for vaccination, how can I reschedule another day for my workers?Show

Reschedule your worker’s appointment:

  1. Download the “Check AccessCode” file from Safe@Work to retrieve the vaccination booking codes.
  2. Input the booking code and FIN via COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments.
  3. Click on “Change Appointment” to check on the date availability.

You can refer to setting up Safe@Work and rescheduling of your Migrant Worker’s vaccination appointments for a step-by-step guide.

My worker is on home leave or have been placed on a Quarantine Order, how can I postpone his appointment?Show

You can reschedule your worker’s appointment via COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments once your worker have returned from home leave or have completed their Quarantine Order (QO).

The booking code can be found on Safe@Work.

Workers will be guided through the registration, screening and acknowledgement process before the vaccination at the vaccination centres.

Only workers who give consent and are found suitable for the vaccination will get vaccinated.

My workers are vaccinated. Why do they still go for Rostered Routine Testing? Can public health measures be relaxed?Show

The approved vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, have vaccine efficacy of about 95%. This mean that there could still be a few people getting COVID-19 even after getting vaccinated.

Vaccinations will take time to roll out and some people, such as those who have weakened immune systems, will be unable to get the vaccine and have less protection against the COVID-19 virus. Hence, Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) is still necessary to detect possible cases to prevent clusters from forming in dormitories and in the community.

In view of the recent clusters and cases in the community and dormitories, as well as the worsening regional situation due to emerging variants of concern, the frequency of RRT for vaccinated individuals will remain the same.

Public health and safe management measures, such as mask-wearing and safe distancing measures, must continue to be observed. Hence, we will adopt a controlled and gradual approach in easing restrictions for your workers to visit the community.

Who is responsible if my worker suffers from serious adverse reactions after vaccination?Show

As with all medications and established vaccines, there is a small risk of very rare and serious adverse events that may occur after vaccination.

However, MOH has Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (VIFAP) to support people who suffer serious adverse events that are assessed to be likely related to COVID-19 vaccines administered in Singapore. This includes Work Permit (including FDWs), S Pass, EP, LTVP and Dependant’s Pass holders.

Can my worker continue to work after vaccination? Should they be self-isolated if they become unwell after vaccination?Show

Your worker can continue to work after the vaccination if they are well.

However, you should:

  • Inform your workers that they must promptly notify you if they feel unwell.
  • Allow them to rest and get medical help if needed.
  • Let your workers take time off to rest on the day of vaccination.
  • Modify their work schedules or moderate the intensity of work to enable that they get sufficient rest.

If your worker has acute respiratory illness (ARI), e.g. running nose or cough, they need to:

  • Self-isolate.
  • Report sick at a medical facility immediately.

If the side effects persist or worsen, your workers must get medical attention as soon as possible. In the event of emergencies, call 995.

Workers with severe symptoms (e.g. fever that persists for more than 48 hours, swelling and difficulty in breathing) needs be evacuated or brought to the nearest hospital immediately.

Who should pay for the vaccination?Show

Vaccination will be provided free to all Work Permit (including FDWs), S Pass, EP, LTVP and Dependant’s Pass holders.

Will the vaccination affect my worker's AccessCode? Can they go to work after the vaccination?Show

Your worker’s AccessCode will not be affected.

They can return to work after vaccination.

My worker’s Access Code is red due to failure to attend Rostered Routine Testing (RRT), will he be allowed to go for vaccination?Show

Workers with a Red AccessCode due to the failure to attend RRT will not be allowed to attend their vaccination appointment.

You must ensure your workers attend their RRT appointments prior to attending their vaccination appointment.

 

If workers have yet to attend their regular RRT appointment, employers should reschedule their vaccination appointment.

Will my worker still be quarantined if they have received the vaccination?Show

Vaccinated persons who are close contacts of COVID-19 cases will still be subjected to quarantine measures if they meet the prevailing criteria for close contacts.

This is due to the risk that some vaccinated persons may still be vulnerable to infection, even though the vaccine is highly effective in preventing symptomatic disease.

In addition, we are still awaiting further scientific evidence on whether vaccination will completely prevent onward transmission of infection.

General info about COVID-19 vaccination

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?Show

The vaccine has passed the Government’s stringent checks for safety and efficacy. The Health Sciences Authority has assessed that it meets safety and efficacy standards. It also meets World Health Organisation’s guidelines.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine effective?Show

The approved vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, have high vaccine efficacy of about 95%, in reducing symptomatic COVID-19 disease in vaccinated persons.

The MOM vaccination centres will administer the Moderna vaccine.

Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?Show

Moderna

The vaccine is safe for everyone, except for those who:

  • Are below 18 years of age.
  • Has a history of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions (e.g. facial, mouth and eye swelling, difficulty in breathing or drop in blood pressure) to mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or its components.
  • Have a severely weakened immune system.

Pfizer-BioNTech

The vaccine is safe for everyone, except for those who:

  • Are below 12 years of age.
  • Has a history of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions (e.g. facial, mouth and eye swelling, difficulty in breathing or drop in blood pressure) to mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or its components.
  • Have a severely weakened immune system.
Individuals with history of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions to vaccines

Persons who had history of an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis to other vaccines may be allergic to specific components of vaccines which could also be present in the COVID-19 vaccine. They may still be able to receive the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine but require consultation with a specialist to determine suitability for vaccination.

The individual will first be assessed by the doctor on-site and if needed, the vaccination sites will refer the individual to the specialist and this consultation will be fully subsidised.

These individuals should not be vaccinated with the mRNA vaccines until they have been evaluated on suitability by the specialist.

There had been reports of young individuals who developed myocarditis or pericarditis after the vaccination. Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause myocarditis or pericarditis?Show

While further studies are on-going, the current available data suggests that there may be a very small risk of myocarditis and pericarditis after the first and second dose of an mRNA vaccine, particularly in young men.

As a precaution, the Ministry of Health has updated its recommendations that vaccinated persons, in particular younger men below the age of 30 years, should avoid strenuous physical activity for two weeks after the first and second doses.

You should seek medical attention if they develop chest pains, shortness of breath or abnormal heartbeats.

Can I get other vaccines at the same time? How long do I have to wait before getting other vaccines?Show

If you have received COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get another (non-COVID-19) vaccine at the same time, unless there is a compelling medical reason not to delay the other vaccine.

If you have received the COVID-19 vaccinations, we recommend that you defer other non-COVID-19 vaccinations (e.g. influenza vaccination) for 2 to 4 weeks, if possible.

When will the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine be given?Show

The second vaccination appointment will be 4 weeks after the first appointment.

Individuals under 18 of age are required to obtain parental consent before receiving the vaccination.

If the worker's parents or guardians are not in Singapore, verbal, digital or hardcopy consent can be obtained from their parents or guardians over the phone, WhatsApp, SMS or email. Screeners or vaccinators will document the consent obtained accordingly.

Can my worker go for COVID-19 vaccination in Singapore if they have been administered COVID-19 vaccines overseas?Show

HSA-approved COVID-19 vaccine

If your workers have received their first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines overseas, they will be given the same vaccine for their second dose.
COVID-19 vaccine not approved by HSA Your workers will be eligible for both doses of either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if they choose to be vaccinated in Singapore.

While the COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary (i.e. based on the worker’s decision), you should strongly encourage your worker to be vaccinated with vaccines approved in Singapore.

Can I get COVID-19 vaccine during Ramadan?Show

For Muslims who wish to get vaccinated, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) has stated that vaccinations do not invalidate the fast. You are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you’re given the opportunity.

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