Construction, Marine and Process Workers among Priority Groups for Vaccine in Singapore

January 5, 20215:21 pm989 views
Construction, Marine and Process Workers among Priority Groups for Vaccine in Singapore
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Singapore has started rolling out Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccinations to its healthcare workers on Dec 30, making it the first country in Asia to do so. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that second phase of vaccination will be directed at the elderly and those at greater risk of severe disease from COVID-19 infection starting from February 2021, beginning with seniors aged 70 and above.

Further, the government also prioritise workers who are in jobs or settings where risk of a super-spreading event is high, such as the construction, marine and process (CMP) sector, including migrant workers. After that, Singapore will progressively broaden the vaccinations to include other Singaporeans and long-term residents who are medically eligible, Mr Yong added in a statement on Monday (Jan 4).

To ensure access to the vaccine, COVID-19 vaccination will be free for all Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and long-term residents in Singapore.  In other words, Short-Term Visit Pass holders, such as tourists, will be excluded from the vaccination program.

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Considering that some people might be reluctant in getting the shot, Mr Yong said that people who choose not to get the Covid-19 vaccine will not need to have a change of duties at their workplaces, unless there is a resurgence in the number of local cases. He was responding to Mr Yip Hon Weng, who had asked if those who are not vaccinated will have their job scopes reviewed, in order to reduce exposure to the virus.

All workers should continue to take the necessary precautions such as wearing masks, and where required, don personal protective equipment and undergo rostered routine testing, Mr Yong added.

He noted that there are certain groups of employees, such as researchers or laboratory staff, who may be working directly with the Covid-19 virus or face high risk of exposure to infected individuals. The Health and Manpower ministries are reviewing the issue of vaccinating workers in such workplace settings, and will provide further advice later, he said.

In his ministerial statement on Singapore’s response to the pandemic, Mr Gan said that the Health Ministry (MOH) will also introduce a vaccine injury financial assistance programme.

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