Singapore Firms Offer Days-Off, Free Medical Consultations to Support Workers Taking Covid-19 Vaccine

June 17, 20213:47 pm874 views
Singapore Firms Offer Days-Off, Free Medical Consultations to Support Workers Taking Covid-19 Vaccine
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Singapore is inviting younger age groups to get vaccinated against Covid-19, with the registration exercise for those aged 12 to 39 began on Jun 11. To encourage employees to get their jabs, some companies take initiative by introducing measures. They also provide help and support for those who may suffer side effects.

As reported by Channel News Asia, besides giving employees time off to get vaccinated, some companies also have other support initiatives in place.

For example, at Singtel, employees are entitled to sick leave on the day of vaccination. They can also work from home for a week after if they feel unwell, said the company’s chief human resources. More than 90 percent of Singtel employees in frontline roles, such as retail staff and field engineers, are fully vaccinated, she added.

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Meanwhile, at OCBC Bank, employees taking the vaccine are given a day off for each appointment. They also get private taxi reimbursement to and from the vaccination centres. If they experience side effects, they may take an additional two days of medical leave without needing to provide a medical certificate. The company will reimburse any medical consultation fees as well.

Similarly at UOB, those who suffer side effects can tap the company’s appointed panel of clinics for free medical consultation. They also have life and health insurance that covers COVID-19 infection and vaccination side effects.

According to the Ministry of Health, the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include fever, chills, headaches, joint pain and tiredness. However, citizens need not to be worry because most side effects are mild or moderate, and usually get better within a few days.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), side effects after the second shot may be more intense than after the first dose. In addition, younger people are more likely to experience side effects compared to older people, said the CDC.

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