Singapore-based airlines to demand staff vaccinations

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

SINGAPORE: These requirements are in line with a national government advisory which states that employers may make vaccination a requirement for staff in higher-risk settings.

Front line staff at Singapore Airlines, including pilots and cabin crew, are expected to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before this week's September 1 deadline, the flagship airline has advised. Jetstar Asia has followed suit, and will require its staff to be fully vaccinated by October 1, while SIA subsidiary Scoot will require its employees to have completed the regime by December 1.

All three local carriers are reported to have vaccinated almost 100% of their front-line staff already. For those unable to get the vaccine due to medical reasons, the airlines will consider measures to allow them to continue work in a safe manner.

The Ministry of Manpower stated that employers should not make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for staff, but has allowed for exceptions to this rule for organisations in higher-risk settings.

This allows firms in key industries, including aviation, to impose a vaccination requirement at the point of recruitment, or in advertisements for new hires. But firms cannot fire existing staff on the grounds of declining vaccination.

Employers will need to adopt some measures for staff that decline the vaccine. One such measure is to redeploy workers to jobs with a lower risk of contracting the Covid-19 infection.

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