1. What is Rostered Routine Testing (RRT)?
RRT refers to Rostered Routine Testing where individuals will undergo swabbing on a routine basis, e.g. every 14 days. There are 2 types of RRT – Fast and Easy Testing (FET) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). FET is currently conducted by Antigen Rapid Test (ART) using ART kits. This can be done via self-swabbing using ART kits under the supervision of an appointed and trained staff in your firm, or at Quick Test Centres (QTC). A PCR swab test is a more accurate, confirmatory test where the individual will be swabbed by clinicians/trained swabbers.
2. Is this FET-RRT compulsory? What if my staff are already vaccinated?
Yes, this is a compulsory exercise for the cleaners and workers of the selected groups in high-risk settings (refer to “Mandatory Fast and Easy Testing Rostered-Routine Testing (FET-RRT)” section), regardless whether they have been vaccinated or not. This is because vaccinated individuals may still contract COVID-19 or transmit the infection to others. Staff in other high-risk work settings e.g. F&B outlets, are also required to undergo FET-RRT under other sector leads.
3. What if my staff are already on RRT under other sectors?
If your staff is already on RRT under other sectors (e.g. working in F&B outlets), he/she does not need to undergo the FET-RRT under NEA.
4. We have unvaccinated staff, do we need to do both FET-RRT and VoRT?
As announced by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on 6 August and 13 August 2021, unvaccinated individuals must be tested twice a week using Antigen Rapid Tests (ART), under the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” (“VoRT”) regime, starting from 1 October 2021, to enable us to detect possible infections early which is key to keeping our community safe.
This VoRT requirement is in addition to the existing FET-RRT, i.e. the unvaccinated staff will now have to undergo 4 ART tests every 14 days. For the small group that remains medically ineligible for vaccines, the Government will subsidise their tests.
5. What if my staff have medical contraindications and are unable to do the swab test? E.g. recent nosebleed in the past 24 hours, facial / nasal surgery in the last 4 weeks, facial injuries in the last 8 weeks.
Please do not perform the ART self-testing. Instead, please update NEA so that we may consider the staff to be exempted from FET-RRT or involved in other arrangements.
6. Do we need to bear the cost for this FET-RRT? How about the cost of the VoRT?
The cost of FET-RRT will be supported fully by the Government for a period of 3 months, from July to 30 September 2021. The coverage will include the provision of Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits and training of supervisors on swab test management - “Supervisory Training in ART Self-Swab”.
From 1 October 2021, under the VoRT, the Government will subsidise the costs of the additional tests for unvaccinated persons from the identified work settings who are medically ineligible for vaccines. All other unvaccinated individuals are to bear the costs of the additional tests.
7. How do we register for ESSS?
An NEA POC would have contacted you to onboard ESSS. If you have not been contacted, please submit a request via the Online Feedback Form and state your firm’s name, UEN, and quote “ART Enquiry” in the description.
8. Is there a need for re-training if we change the ESSS supervisor? Can we just teach the new supervisor what to do?
It is recommended to appoint staff who will be able to commit to the FET-RRT regime. Each firm is recommended to send two staff for training at the start of the regime to avoid a situation where the firm does not have any trained supervisors remaining in the firm to supervise the swab operations. If the existing staff needs to be replaced, the new staff appointed as the swab supervisor will need to undergo the training by HMI (the HPB-appointed training provider) before conducting the swab operations.
9. We need to engage additional manpower to help us run the ESSS. Can we claim these expenses from the Government?
No, the funding support from Government does not include the cost of engaging manpower for this FET-RRT. You may identify and appoint suitable individuals from your existing pool of staff where possible.
10. How do we obtain the ART kits for FET-RRT?
An NEA POC will approach you to obtain your firm’s details to register for the ART kits. Please provide the relevant information. Upon successful registration, you will be notified to self-collect the first month’s supply ART kits from a designated location. Delivery may be arranged depending on the number of kits required. For subsequent months’ supply of ART kits, firms are to order the kits at http://go.gov.sg/fet-kits.
11. Where can we set up the swabbing area? Is there any guidance?
You are advised to identify a suitable and well-ventilated area within your firm to conduct the swabbing exercise. If you are conducting in a public space, you are advised to conduct the swab test at off-peak hours, such as before work or after work and avoid breakfast / lunch / dinner hours to minimise crowd attention. Supervisors should also ensure the set up takes in consideration of Safe Management Measures (SMMs) to ensure the swabbing exercise is safe. Supervisors should also keep a 3-metre distance from the staff conducting self-swab during the exercise.
You may also refer to slides 25-27 of HPB's ART Playbook.
12. What if we cannot locate a suitable swabbing area?
Supervisors may conduct supervision virtually where they watch the staff conduct the swabbing via video-calling platforms (e.g. WhatsApp video, Facetime, Zoom)
13. What if the staff is sick? Do we still carry out the swab test?
Individuals who are sick and shows signs and symptoms of acute respiratory infection (“ARI”) should not go for the swab test but should visit the doctor at the polyclinic/ General Practitioner (GP) instead to diagnose their symptoms. The ARI symptoms include fever ≥ 37.5°C, cough, runny nose, sore throat, body ache, loss of sense of smell or shortness of breath.
14. How do we submit the swab test result?
Firms may submit the swab test results to SRS via web portal or mobile portal method. Please refer to the SRS guide. Once the uploading of results to SRS is completed, you will receive an email report update on the upload status. Please check if the results are uploaded successfully and correct any errors and re-upload amended data for affected records.
15. How do my staff receive their swab test result?
Once the swab test results are successfully uploaded onto SRS within the testing day, the staff will be notified via SMS on their result with a link to view the details. Staff may also check the HealthHub App or website for the status of their swab test.
16. When is the deadline to submit the swab test results to SRS?
For AG negative or invalid results, please upload the results to SRS by end of testing day (within 24 hours). For AG positive or double invalid results, please upload the results to SRS within 30 minutes of the tests. SMS notification on test results will only be triggered for test results submitted within 24 hours of swab test.
17. What if the swab test result of the staff shows invalid or uncertain?
You must re-test the sample if sufficient sample is collected. If sample is insufficient, the staff must do another ART test again.
In the case of double invalid results for an individual (i.e. 2 invalid results), you should not use a third ART kit. Firm is to arrange for the staff to visit a Swab and Send Home/Public Health Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) to get a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. If the staff with positive or double invalid result did not go for the PCR test by the third day, the staff will be guilty of an offence, and firm is to submit a report to MOH-Case Management Task Group (CMTG) via https://go.gov.sg/artpositivenoncompliance. Enforcement action will be taken against the staff.
18. Where can we find more information on the ART swab matters?
You may visit the following websites to find out more details about ART swabbing and download relevant posters/guidebooks: