COVID-19 Safe Management Measures

Fast and Easy Testing RRT

Mandatory Fast and Easy Testing-Rostered Routine Testing (FET-RRT) regime.

From 18 February 2022, the mandatory Fast & Easy Test (FET) Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) Regime will be streamlined to focus only on settings catering to vulnerable groups (i.e. healthcare sector, eldercare sector, and settings with children under 5 years) and selected essential services sectors. Other sectors currently on FET RRT will no longer be required to continue testing from 18 February 2022.

Company whose staff falls under the Shopping Mall Common Area Cleaning Sector and the Disinfection Cleaning Sector will no longer be required to undergo mandatory FET-RRT from 18 February 2022.

Workforce Vaccination Measures (WVM)

Under the Workforce Vaccination Measures (WVM), only employees who are fully vaccinated, certified to be medically ineligible or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days, can return to the workplace.

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Time-Limited Distribution of ART Kits for Voluntary Testing

For workplaces that are not subject to any mandatory testing (i.e. RRT), firms are encouraged to conduct weekly regular testing for their onsite staff.

For firms that have successfully applied for the ART kits, the Government will be dispensing them with 8 ART kits per onsite staff for the weekly testing over a two-month duration. The staff can opt to administer these voluntary tests themselves at home, or at the work premises.

Firms must put in place a process to ensure the swab tests are done properly and report the results to the Government through https://go.gov.sg/time-limited-rrt-art-results-declaration on a monthly basis (i.e. two rounds of submissions will be required).

FAQs

For FET RRT / WVM

1.       Is this FET-RRT regime still mandatory?

On 16 Feb 2022, the Ministry of Health announced that as high vaccination coverage and the implementation of Vaccination-Differentiated SMMs (VDS) offer good protection to the workforce, the RRT regime will be streamlined to focus only on settings catering to vulnerable groups (i.e. healthcare sector, eldercare sector, and settings with children below 5 years old) and selected essential services sectors.

Hence, cleaners deployed to work at common areas of retail malls and disinfection workers are no longer required to continue with RRT effective from 18 February 2022.

 

2.       What should i do with my remaining ART kits?


Companies under the Employer Supervised Self-Swab (ESSS) testing regime that still have ART kits that had been distributed to them for RRT are strongly encouraged to continue testing until the test kits are fully utilised. The result of the self-test will no longer be required to be uploaded on SRS.

 

3.       Do i still need to go to my QTC appointments?


Affected shopping mall cleaners and disinfection workers no longer need to attend their QTC appointments from 18 Feb 2022 onwards.

4.       What if we have unvaccinated staff?


Under the WVM, only employees who are fully vaccinated, certified to be medically ineligible or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days, can return to the workplace.

5.       What if my staff do not wish to share their vaccination status?


If the staff is unwilling to provide their vaccination information, they will be treated as unvaccinated.
Unvaccinated staff will not be allowed at the workplace under WVM.


6.       How would the booster shot requirement affect the vaccination status of my staff?


Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated for 270 days after the final dose of their primary vaccination series.

Beyond the 270 days mark, they will no longer possess a fully vaccinated status if they do not receive their booster vaccination and will not be allowed to enter their workplace. It is recommended to receive the booster vaccination approximately five months after the final dose of the primary vaccination series, or three months for individuals who have received the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine.

For more information on the booster doses, please refer to www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/vaccination/faqs---booster-doses.

 

7.       What is the definition of “Fully Vaccinated”?


Please refer to the Ministry of Health’s advisory at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/vaccination for the latest information.

8.       What is the definition of “Medically Ineligible”?


The medically ineligible for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines includes:

a)       Persons who are known to be allergic to the mRNA vaccine or any of the other components of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

b)      Persons who had developed myocarditis following administration of any mRNA COVID19 vaccine.

c)       Persons who developed a severe adverse reaction to a previous dose of any mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and has been determined by a physician that he/she should not receive a second mRNA vaccine dose

d)      Persons with the following conditions, who will hence be severely immunocompromised, and who have not been able to obtain a memo from their specialist to certify that they are eligible for vaccination at that point in time, will temporarily not be eligible for any COVID-19 vaccine under national vaccination programme

o   Transplant within past 3 months

o   Aggressive immunotherapy

o   Active cancer on treatment

9.       Where can we find more information on COVID-19 related matters?

You may visit the official COVID-19 website at the following link: https://www.covid.gov.sg/


For Time-Limited ART Kits (For Workplaces Not Subject to Mandatory RRT Testing Regimes)

10.       Can we purchase our own ART kits and not sign up for the free time-limited ART kits?

 

Yes, firms may choose to purchase ART kits from the private market and implement their own testing for their staff. In this case, firms would not be subject to the compliance and reporting requirements. The application for the time-limited ART kits is voluntary, even though firms are strongly encouraged to do so.

11.       Do we need to report the test results in the Swab Registration system (SRS)?

 

Under the voluntary testing, firms do not need to submit the test results in SRS. Instead, firms are obliged to ensure the onsite staff duly perform the ART, collate the results, and submit them to https://go.gov.sg/time-limited-rrt-art-results-declaration on a monthly basis (i.e. two rounds of submissions will be required).

12.       Will we be issued extra ART kits, in case of invalid results?

 

This is a one-time distribution. As the issued ART kits are rounded up to the nearest box quantity, there may be extra ART kits which can be used to cover re-testing in case of invalid results. If the extra kits are insufficient, firms may procure the additional ART kits from the private market for the affected staff to complete the 8-weeks testing regime. Otherwise, firms should indicate that the reason for non-testing in subsequent weeks is due to insufficient ART kits from past invalid results.

13.       Where can we find more information on the time-limited ART kits matters?

You may visit https://go.gov.sg/time-limited-rrt-art.