Singapore to vaccinate migrant workers against COVID-19, starting with 10,000 dormitory residents

Singapore to vaccinate migrant workers against COVID-19, starting with 10,000 dormitory residents

FILE PHOTO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore
A migrant worker undergoes a swab test in Singapore on Apr 28, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: COVID-19 vaccinations for migrant workers in Singapore will begin with 10,000 people living in the country's five largest dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (Mar 8).

This batch of workers have never been infected by COVID-19, said the ministry, adding that their vaccinations will be conducted at the five dormitories. 

Workers who have been fully vaccinated can be subjected to a lower frequency of testing that is conducted every 28 days instead of the current 14-day cycle. 

Vaccinations will progressively be made available to other migrant workers, said MOH. 

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Migrant workers living in dormitories made up about 90 per cent of Singapore's COVID-19 tally. Infections among this group have fallen over the past few months, with no cases reported on most days.

In a media release, MOH said migrant worker dormitories are where large COVID-19 clusters could "rapidly develop and grow, with a high risk of transmission to the local community".

"Vaccination of migrant workers living in dormitories is thus part of our national COVID-19 vaccination strategy to protect all Singaporeans and long-term residents," it added.

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Giving an update on Singapore's vaccination programme, the ministry said about 379,000 people have received their first dose of the vaccine as of Sunday. Of these, more than 217,000 have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regime.

It also announced that vaccinations will be offered to more workers involved in other critical functions, such as postmen and delivery staff members, news reporters, bank employees in critical banking and financial systems operations. 

Teachers and school employees are also set to get their jabs from Wednesday.

Later this month, vaccinations will be offered to selected cargo drivers and accompanying personnel who enter Singapore from Malaysia on a regular basis.

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