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Updating the precautionary measures against COVID-19 pandemic in the Federal Government

Saturday January 01, 2022

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR), has issued a circular addressed to all ministries and federal entities regarding updating the precautionary measures against COVID-19 pandemic in the Federal Government.

In its circular, the Authority stated that, based on Government directives regarding the implementation of the Green Pass System for allowing employees to enter federal entities; and after coordination with the concerned authorities in the country and the Ministry of Health and Prevention, as well as unifying all provisions of precautionary measures related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Authority has decided to unify these provisions to facilitate the work of the federal entities.

The Authority urged the federal entities to make sure that all their employees have received the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, stressing that all Federal Government employees must obtain the booster dose up to a maximum of one month from the date of this circular, according to the medical protocol for taking the booster dose, recommendations of the medical authorities in the country. The booster dose must be taken at the specified time, and according to target groups for each type of available vaccines, to ensure the continuity of the Green Pass on Al Hosn application.

The circular instructs that it is prohibited for non-vaccinated employees to enter the workplaces at all federal entities in the country as of January 3, 2022. All federal entities must abide by the instructions issued by the concerned authorities and direct their employees to take COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible to be able to enter the workplaces.

Governance of the procedures of infected employee, contact, and recipient of vaccination

The authority called on the federal entities to govern the procedures to deal with COVID -19 infected employee and the employee in contact by following the guidelines for dealing with infected persons, contacts, or suspected symptoms of Covid-19 in the workplaces issued by the authority, and to adhere to the mechanism for registering the infected, contacts, vaccination recipients and requesting remote work in the Electronic Systems approved in the federal government.

The Authority stressed the need for the federal entities to adhere to the precautionary measures to limit the spread of epidemics in workplaces, by  implementing the guidelines issued by the authority regarding the office work environment and working from workplaces under emergency conditions, and the mechanisms for dealing with customers and visitors to workplaces in the Federal Government and the guidelines to sanctions imposed by violations committees formed by the federal entities, when dealing with employees who are not committed to the precautionary measures.

The authority noted that these procedures and provisions are subject to change based on the latest requirements of health authorities, and in coordination with the authorities concerned with emergencies and crises.

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