While 96% of our workforce has been vaccinated, there remains around 113,000 unvaccinated employees, of which 14,000 are seniors above 60 years old and are at high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 infection.

To keep the workforce safe, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) has decided that only employees who are fully vaccinated1, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 270 days, can return to the workplace from 1 January 2022.

Arrangements for unvaccinated individuals

All unvaccinated individuals will not be allowed to return to the workplace. They can do so only if: 

  • They have tested negative for COVID-19 with an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) done via a Pre-Event Test at an MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider.
  • Test must be valid2 for the duration that individuals are required to be at the workplace. 

As the Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine has now been included under the National Vaccination Programme, those who are ineligible for mRNA vaccines are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

A tripartite advisory to guide employers and employees on managing unvaccinated staff who can’t physically return to the workplace can be found here

Employers can check their company’s vaccination rate here (CorpPass login required), from 9am on Monday 25 October 2021. 

Workplace safe management measures during the Stabilisation Phase

Work-from-home remains the default working arrangement until 21 Nov 2021 during the Stabilisation Phase. Vaccinated staff who need to return to the workplace for ad-hoc reasons are strongly encouraged to take an ART and test negative before returning onsite. 

 


1An individual is considered vaccinated if he/she has been fully vaccinated, i.e. has received the appropriate regimen of World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines including their respective duration post-vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective and had their vaccination records ingested in MOH’s national IT systems.

2Negative ART results are valid for 24 hours.

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