Starting from September 27 public workers will have to choose between being vaccinated for Covid-19 or have to carry out nucleic acid testing every 7 days, the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) indicated.
According to a notification sent by the department, administration workers have the ‘responsibility to follow epidemic prevention measures promoted by health authorities and must inoculate itself with the highest as soon as possible, in order to ensure your own health, that of your family and that of the public.
Therefore after September 27, and upon entering the workplace, all workers in the Public Administration must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or, alternatively, a negative nucleic acid test certificate issued in the last seven days.
Any absence from service due to the non-presentation of the aforementioned certified will be defined as an unjustified absence.
Nucleic acid tests must be carried out after office hours and expenses must be borne out by public servants themselves, however, payment will be waived for workers with a medical certificate proving that their health conditions do not allow for vaccination. Time take out from work to carry out vaccination will be considered as a justified absence.
Health Bureau Director, Alvis Lo, stated today that the new measures do not breach public workers rights and still maintained the voluntary principle followed by authorities concerning vaccination.
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.