Positive response from Malaysian cargo drivers offered Covid-19 vaccination in Singapore: MTI

The response rate from Malaysian cargo drivers selected for Covid-19 vaccination in Singapore has been very positive so far.
The response rate from Malaysian cargo drivers selected for Covid-19 vaccination in Singapore has been very positive so far.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
A truck driver leaving a designated facility in Boon Lay after his vaccination on March 20, 2021.
A truck driver leaving a designated facility in Boon Lay after his vaccination on March 20, 2021.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
The drivers and those accompanying them who have been inoculated here since Saturday have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, said MTI.
The drivers and those accompanying them who have been inoculated here since Saturday have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, said MTI.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - The response rate from Malaysian cargo drivers selected for Covid-19 vaccination in Singapore has been very positive so far, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Sunday (March 21).

The drivers and those accompanying them who have been inoculated here since Saturday have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the ministry said in response to queries from The Straits Times.

MTI did not give figures for the response rate among those that have been contacted so far.

ST reported on Saturday that vaccination for selected cargo drivers and accompanying workers had begun. Two designated facilities - in Boon Lay and Woodlands - have been set up near the land checkpoints.

MTI said it will continue to contact those who have been selected and schedule them for vaccination.

Those who are not vaccinated in Singapore will still be allowed entry, subject to the prevailing border health measures such as on-arrival tests.

And all cargo drivers and accompanying personnel must still adhere to existing safe management measures while working, regardless of their vaccination status, said MTI.

These include limiting movement to delivery points only, ensuring that SafeEntry and temperature checks are done before entering the delivery site, and observing safe distancing at all times, including during the unloading and delivery of cargo.

The authorities had said earlier this month that cargo drivers who regularly come into Singapore from Malaysia will be offered Covid-19 vaccination to minimise the risk of transmission from workers who transport essential goods here.

Those who have taken both doses of the vaccine in Singapore will receive an immunisation certificate and be exempted from daily on-arrival tests 14 days after the second dose.

But they may continue to be subjected to testing at Singapore's land checkpoints from time to time.

Since Jan 22, a compulsory Covid-19 antigen rapid test has been progressively rolled out for cargo drivers entering Singapore at land checkpoints.

This is in line with Singapore's strengthened border controls, which require all travellers to take Covid-19 tests upon arrival to manage the risk of imported cases.