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Singapore authorities allow employers to lay off unvaccinated employees

16.01.2022 139 просмотров

Unvaccinated employees, especially older people, can be a serious strain on the health care system, the Human Resources Department said.


The requirement to get vaccinated against the coronavirus before ending telework and returning to work comes into effect in Singapore from Saturday. As noted by the Ministry of Human Resources, unvaccinated workers can be sent on unpaid leave and even fired.

compared to last year," the ministry said in a statement. “Unvaccinated employees, especially older people, can become a serious burden on the healthcare system in the near future,” the ministry emphasized.

the last six months will be able to return to their jobs,” the report says. At the same time, the previous provision is canceled, which allows, in the absence of vaccination, to come to work with a negative test for coronavirus.

“Employers will be able to provide unvaccinated employees with new functional duties for working remotely, by agreement of the parties, send them on unpaid leave. As a last resort, layoffs are envisaged,” the ministry said.

Green light for the vaccinated

Since August, when the vaccination rate for all residents of the country reached 80%, the authorities began the so-called preparatory stage of life with COVID-19, when the coronavirus will move from a pandemic to an endemic. Since then, many restrictions have been gradually lifted, but only for fully vaccinated residents. So, you can visit shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, gyms only if you have two doses of vaccinations. In addition, since December last year, free treatment for diseases caused by coronavirus has become available only to vaccinated residents. At the same time, Singapore began to gradually open its borders, launching the so-called corridors for vaccinated travelers. This mechanism, which exempts from mandatory quarantine and other restrictions, operates with about 20 countries.

The Ministry of Health has approved Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac drugs for the state program. It also recognizes all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization. To date, 87% of all residents have completed the full course of immunization, and about 48% received booster doses.

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