From Jan 1, only those fully vaccinated can return to workplace; others must test negative for Covid-19

From Jan 1, only those fully vaccinated can return to workplace; others must test negative for Covid-19

23/10/2021 12:00:00 PM

From Jan 1, only those fully vaccinated can return to workplace; others must test negative for Covid-19

SINGAPORE - From Jan 1 next year, all workers who return to the office have to be fully vaccinated, or have to have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 270 days. This expansion of vaccination-differentiated measures means that unvaccinated people will need to test...

However, Sinovac will not be used as a booster for people who have already gotten two doses of an mRNA vaccine.Singapore is also changing its healthcare protocols to allow infected pregnant women to recover at home, as long as they are fully vaccinated, aged under 35 and less than 26 weeks pregnant.

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The task force also said that people who are medically ineligible for any Covid-19 vaccines will be given special concessions to enter premises where vaccination is required, such as malls. More details will be released by the Ministry of Health (MOH) later.

The task force had on Wednesday announced that the tighter curbs currently in place - including restricting group sizes for dining in to two people -will be extended for a month till Nov 21.MOH on Saturday reiterated that stabilisation measures will not stay static in the coming month, adding that it is looking at several indicators to decide its next steps.

At present, the weekly infection rate - that is, the ratio of community cases in the past week over the week before - is now slightly above one.This means infections are continuing to rise and put pressure on the healthcare system, it said.If this number drops below one and the hospital situation remains stable, it will consider some calibrated easing of measures. This

will include allowing members from the same household to dine out together.Elaborating on this point, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the task force, said the Government looks at three indicators in deciding whether or not to move ahead with easing.

These are the daily rate of increase in infection numbers, the proportion of infected people who fall seriously ill and the occupancy rates in hospitals, especially intensive care units.MOH's daily reports will be updated with some of these numbers, so the public will be able to track them as well, he said.

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Singapore-Malaysia land VTL: Up to 3,000 travellers allowed daily in 1st phase, via designated buses

SINGAPORE — Singapore and Malaysia will launch a vaccinated travel lane (VTL) by land on Monday (Nov 29) via the Causeway, but under the first phase of the scheme, travellers must be citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders of the country that they are entering.