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Advisory to dormitory operators - Updated testing regime for fully vaccinated COVID-19 recovered workers

Read the updated advisory on the Deferment of RRT exemption for fully vaccinated COVID-19 recovered workers issued on 30 November 2021.

Issued on 24 November 2021

  1. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) have reviewed the testing regime for workers. With effect from 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated COVID-19 recovered workers, who are beyond 270 days from their date of infection, will be exempted from the Rostered Routine Testing (RRT). Recovered (vaccinated or unvaccinated) workers1 within 270 days of their date of COVID-19 infection are already exempted from RRT currently and will continue to be exempted.
  2. The revised testing regime takes into consideration that fully vaccinated recovered persons have better protection against the COVID-19 virus, and are at lower risk of symptomatic or severe disease if infected.
  3. Table 1 summarises the testing regime for workers. You may also refer to our FAQs for details on who are considered as fully vaccinated recovered workers.

    Table 1: Updated Testing Regime for Workers

    Worker groups Number of days from date of infection Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) requirement
    Fully vaccinated recovered workers Within 270 days Exempted from RRT
    More than 270 days Exempted from RRT
    Unvaccinated recovered workers Within 270 days Exempted from RRT
    up till 270 days from date of infection
    More than 270 days Need to undergo RRT:
    Employer-supervised ART every 3 days
    Fully vaccinated workers with no prior COVID-19 infection Not applicable

    Need to undergo RRT:
    Employer-supervised ART every 7 days

    Except for border-facing workers. They will need to take an employer-supervised ART every 3 days.

    Unvaccinated workers with no prior COVID-19 infection Not applicable Need to undergo RRT:
    Employer-supervised ART every 3 days
    Changes to expect on related MOM mobile applications
  4. From 1 December 2021, your residents’ vaccination and RRT exemption status will be reflected on the FWMOMCare, Safe@Work, Safe@Dorm and SGWorkPass mobile applications. If your residents are exempted from RRT, you and your residents will no longer see any information on the RRT schedule or alerts on RRT appointments.

    Changes to expect for AccessCode
  5. From 15 December 2021, your residents’ AccessCode status will be updated to include the following scenarios:
    1. AccessCode status will be “red”, if your residents who are required to undergo RRT and did not attend or do the supervised self-swabs according to their RRT schedule. Your residents will not be allowed to go to work, until they perform and upload the results of the required Antigen Rapid Test (ART) and have their AccessCode status turn “green”. Prior to 15 December 2021, we may also conduct audit checks on workers who have not been complying with their RRT schedule.
    2. AccessCode status will be “red”, if your residents test positive using the ART. Your residents will not be allowed to go to work, until their AccessCode status is “green” after completing the ART positive recovery protocol. This will apply to all migrant workers, except those who are recovered workers within 270 days of their date of COVID-19 infection and are asymptomatic.
  6. As a dormitory operator, you should ensure that workers with ‘red’ AccessCode are not allowed to leave your dormitory. You should advise these workers to follow the appropriate steps in paragraph 5a and 5b if they have not done their supervised self-swabs, or if their ART result is positive.

    Returning unopened boxes of ART kits
  7. If your dormitory residents have been exempted from RRT, they can choose to return unopened boxes of ART kits given to them previously. You may advise them to return these unused kits at the following locations between 9am to 4pm daily:
    • Cochrane Recreation Centre
      100 Sembawang Drive, Singapore 756998
    • Penjuru Recreation Centre
      27 Penjuru Walk, Singapore 756998
    • Terusan Recreation Centre
      1 Jalan Papan, Singapore 619392
    Returning of the ART kits is voluntary. Collection ends 19 December 2021.
  8. If your dormitory residents still have unused ART kits, please remind them to keep the kits. They can use the ART kits to test and monitor their own health if they feel unwell.
  9. Please share these education materials with your residents, to familiarise them with the updated measures. You may also refer to the FAQs for more information. For further queries, please contact us at .
  10. Thank you for your support and working with us in our fight against COVID-19.

FOOTNOTE

  1. A recovered worker is someone who has been infected with COVID-19 previously, which means he has tested PCR positive previously or tested Serology (Anti-N) positive.