The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) has announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be required for workers in selected sectors. Unvaccinated persons will be required to undergo regular testing to detect infection early so as to prevent further transmission within the community.

The “vaccinate or regular test” regime will be implemented from 1 October 2021 across the following sectors:

  • Individuals working in the healthcare sector, eldercare sector and settings with children 12 years and below. This will help protect vulnerable segments of the population such as the elderly, children and the sick.
  • All persons working in sectors that interact with members of the public in higher-risk mask-off setting, those working at the borders, COVID-19 frontline work. These sectors include F&B establishments, gyms, fitness studios and personal care services.
  • The Public Service will take the lead in introducing this requirement for public officers, including the uniformed services.

Unvaccinated persons from the above sectors will have to be tested with an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kit twice a week. The Government will subsidise these tests for those who remain medically ineligible for the vaccines.

Employers are strongly encouraged to facilitate vaccination for their employees.

More details will be released by the respective Ministries overseeing these sectors.


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