Singapore, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world against Covid-19, has implemented new restrictions targeting non-jabbers
The Republic of Singapore has officially banned unvaccinated employees from working in person, removing a previous policy that allowed them to work if they provided negative Covid-19 tests.
The ban was implemented on Saturday as part of Singapore’s ‘Phase 2’ plan for the workforce and will mean that many unvaccinated workers who are unable to carry out their duties from home could soon to be fired.
From Saturday, “Only employees who are fully vaccinated, certified medically ineligible, or who have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days, may return to the workplace,” Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower said. He warned that unvaccinated employees who do not fall into any of the exempt categories “will not be allowed to return to the workplace” even if they provide a negative test.
Companies have been advised to assign unvaccinated employees tasks that can be performed at home or to put them on unpaid leave. However, if a company determines that there is no way to accommodate an unvaccinated employee, it can terminate them without any consequences.
“If the termination is due to the employees inability to be at the workplace to perform their contracted work, such termination would not be considered wrongful termination,” says the government.
Those who are only partially vaccinated will be allowed to remain in the workplace until January 31 if they continue to provide negative Covid-19 test results. After that date, however, they will face the same restrictions as the unvaccinated.
Unvaccinated people are already banned from restaurants and many shops in Singapore. The city-state is one of the most vaccinated places on the planet, with a vaccination rate of 82.86%. In December, the government reported that some 52,000 employees had yet to take their first Covid-19 vaccine, noting that only one “small proportion” among them are entitled to medical exemptions.
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