No extension of Feb 1 deadline for taxi, private-hire car drivers to get fully vaccinated, Latest Singapore News

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Taxi and  private-hire car (PHC) drivers is not going to get an extension past a Feb 1 deadline to get fully vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, in spite of an attraction by their associations.

But taxi operators have labored with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to enable drivers to droop their contracts till they’re fully vaccinated, stated Senior Minister of State for Transport Amy Khor in a Facebook put up on Thursday (Jan 13).

This would thus cut back the monetary burden of drivers who want extra time past Feb 1 to be fully vaccinated, she stated. Drivers who’ve their contracts suspended shouldn’t have to pay rental throughout the suspension interval.

More than 99 per cent of some 66,500 energetic taxi and private-hire car drivers are fully vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, Dr Khor added. More than three in 4 of them have additionally acquired their booster photographs.

Just over 300 medically eligible energetic drivers, or about 0.5 per cent of all energetic drivers, have but to obtain not less than one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Government had introduced in December that solely staff who’re fully vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 can return to the office from Feb 1. This rule applies to self-employed individuals equivalent to taxi and private-hire car drivers.

Last Friday, Ms Yeo Wan Ling, adviser to the National Taxi Association (NTA) and National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA), stated the associations have requested for an extended discover interval for drivers to get fully vaccinated.

She stated unvaccinated drivers have expressed considerations about not having the ability to get fully vaccinated in time, which implies a loss of earnings whereas they nonetheless want to pay for bills like car rental charges.

Dr Khor stated on Thursday that drivers come into contact with many individuals throughout the course of their work. The larger transmissibility of the Omicron variant makes it much more important for medically eligible drivers to adhere to the vaccination requirement, she added.

“The workplace vaccination measures have been put in place for all workers, including the self-employed in Singapore to keep them as well as their loved ones and the community safe,” stated Dr Khor.

“Extending the timeline for our unvaccinated taxi and PHC drivers would in fact be putting them at greater health risk.”

Dr Khor stated she has met the advisers and representatives of each the NTA and NPHVA to focus on their considerations. She had additionally advised them that for drivers who’ve taken not less than one shot of the vaccine, there’s a grace interval till Jan 31 for them to full their vaccination regime.

During this grace interval, the drivers will probably be ready to proceed to drive, so long as they’ve a day by day detrimental pre-event take a look at end result from an authorized Covid-19 take a look at supplier.

Dr Khor additionally stated the authorities will work with the unions and operators to contact 300 drivers who stay unvaccinated, and encourage them to get vaccinated.

“We urge all medically eligible drivers who are still unvaccinated to get your shots as soon as possible,” she stated.

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