All workers in the public sector will be required to have received the two doses of approved vaccines against COVID-19 as of January 10th, 2022.
Otherwise, they will have to undergo, at their own expense, a PCR test twice a week, and that in any of the laboratories accredited by the Ministry of Public Health.
The approved vaccines in Lebanon include BioNTech Pfizer, Oxford AstraZeneca, Sinopharm BBIBP, and Sputnik V.
Workers and employees who do not abide by that new rule will be prevented from going to work. All relevant ministries, departments, and security agencies are requested to strictly apply these procedures to their staff, as of January 10th.
That includes the health sector, the education sector, the tourism sector, the public transport sector, the municipalities and their unions, the military sector, and the security services.
A part of the vaccination rules, the Health Ministry has asked that the Information Ministry launches a national awareness campaign in coordination with the media to promote the preventive measures.
The Health Ministry will similarly launch a vaccination campaign to be promoted with media and communications outlets.
The new vaccination rule and measures ensued in response to the recent spike in Covid-19 cases and the emergence of the new variant, which Lebanon’s healthcare sector cannot handle if it goes out of control.
The decision to have all public sector workers vaccinated is amongst a series of newly imposed rules, including the new curfew and travel rules on all arrivals to Beirut airport.