(Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka)

Frontline workers should either get Covid-19 vaccine or be tested every 7 days – Health Bureau

Frontline workers in the public and private sector who have not yet been vaccinated should undergo regular tests every seven days, and all involved entities should formulate specific plans to implement this guideline, health authorities said today (Monday).

This announced guideline applies to any worker that is in regular contact with clients during work or works in a confined space with other people.

“All public and private entities must make corresponding arrangements for their own employees or employees of regulated institutions to implement the above guidelines based on actual conditions, and consult the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre for professional advice when necessary,” Conde S. Januario Hospital Clinical Director, Dr. Tai Wa Hou said in today’s pandemic update press conference.

The measure is another attempt by authorities to advance the still lagging local vaccination rate, with Dr. Tai stating that most indoor work environments are confined spaces that still pose risks of allowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, with even higher risks in case of unvaccinated workers.

According to the most recent update, a total of 332,204, people in Macau have been vaccinated with at least a dose of either Sinopharm or BioNTech vaccines, about half the local population, but only 291,195 received the required two doses.