The Circular imposes the following requirements:
- The Circular mandates employees of Government Ministries & other Federal entities who have not yet taken the COVID-19 vaccine to undertake a COVID-19 Nasal Swab Test (PCR) once every 7 days, the cost of which is to be borne by the employee. Employees who are unable to take the COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition, as certified by a medical report, will not have to bear the cost of the PCR test. Employees who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from such requirement.
- Outsourcing and public services companies who have contracted with and provide their services to Federal Government entities are required to mandate their employees, who are currently attending or will be attending a Federal Government entity’s workplace on a daily basis, to undertake a PCR test once every 7 days, at the cost of the employer company. Such employees who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from such requirement.
- In instances where employees of advisory service companies & consultant firms, who have contracted with Federal Government entities to provide services, are required to visit such Federal Government’s workplace for the purpose of providing such services, the Circular mandates such Government entities to require these employees to present a negative PCR test taken within a period of 3 days prior to such visit. Those employees who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from such requirement.
The above requirement are in force from 24 January 2021.
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