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FAQs on COVID-19 vaccination for work pass holders

Employers can find out how to get COVID-19 vaccination for your Work Permit (including FDWs), S Pass, EP, LTVP and Dependant’s Pass holders.

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.

For your workers who wish to be vaccinated and stay in dormitories, you must arrange for transport to and from the vaccination sites, unless they are scheduled for vaccination at onsite medical centres. We strongly encourage you to provide transportation for your workers who wish to be vaccinated, but don’t stay in dormitories.

After vaccination, your workers may experience common and mild side effects such as a fever, redness and pain or swelling at the injection site. These will usually go away in 1 or 2 days. You are encouraged to let your workers take time off to rest after the vaccination.

If the side effects persist or worsen, or if your workers have a fever that persists for more than 48 hours, you should advise them to get medical help.

If your workers experience severe symptoms like swelling and have difficulty in breathing, call 995 or bring them to the nearest hospital immediately.

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.

My worker stays in a dormitory. How do they sign up for vaccination?Show

If your worker has not been infected by COVID-19 previously, they will be scheduled to go for both doses of the vaccination and assessed on-site if they are suitable to receive it.

How are the dormitories selected for the priority vaccination exercise? Can my workers staying in dormitories or other places get vaccinated?Show

As vaccine supply will arrive in Singapore in batches over several months, we need to prioritise vaccination by starting with groups who are at higher risk.

Workers who have never been infected by COVID-19 are susceptible to being infected. Therefore, the largest dormitories which house these workers are at risk of forming clusters of COVID-19 infection rapidly and have been prioritised for this exercise.

We will inform you in due course for the vaccination of your other workers.

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 between 94-95%. This mean that there could still be a few people getting COVID-19 even after getting vaccinated. How much will vaccination reduce transmission is still being studied.

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

However, workers who received the full course of vaccination will be subjected to fewer testing requirements. Workers who are currently on the 14-day RRT cycle will only need to be tested once every 28 days. As an employer, you will be notified of the revised testing schedule after the completion of the vaccination.

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.

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.

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.

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 94% and 95% respectively, in reducing symptomatic COVID-19 disease in vaccinated persons.

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 severe allergic reactions (e.g. facial, mouth and eye swelling, difficulty in breathing or drop in blood pressure).
  • Are currently pregnant.
  • Have a weakened immune system (e.g. on immunosuppressant drugs).

Pfizer-BioNTech

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

  • Are below 16 years of age.
  • Has a history of severe allergic reactions (e.g. facial, mouth and eye swelling, difficulty in breathing or drop in blood pressure).
  • Are currently pregnant.
  • Have a weakened immune system (e.g. on immunosuppressant drugs).

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

Moderna 28 days after first dose.
Pfizer-BioNTech 21 days after first dose.

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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