25-Nov-2021

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Updated Testing Regime for Fully Vaccinated COVID-19 Recovered Workers

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) 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.

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.
Table 1 below summarises the testing regime for workers. You may also refer to the FAQs https://go.gov.sg/revised-testing-regime-faqs for details on who are considered as fully vaccinated recovered workers.



Changes to expect on related MOM mobile applications

From 1 December 2021, your workers’ vaccination and RRT exemption status will be reflected on the FWMOMCare, Safe@Work, Safe@Dorm and SGWorkPass mobile applications. If your workers are exempted from RRT, you and your workers will no longer see any information on the RRT schedule or alerts on RRT appointments.
Changes to expect for AccessCode

From 15 December 2021, your workers’ AccessCode status will be updated to include the following scenarios:
  1. AccessCode status will be “red”, if your workers who are required to undergo RRT and did not attend or do the supervised self-swabs according to their RRT schedule. Your workers 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.
  1. AccessCode status will be “red”, if your workers test positive using the ART. Your workers 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.

As an employer, you should ensure that your workers do their RRT on time and complete their full vaccination regime as soon as possible.

Returning unopened boxes of ART kits.

If you have workers residing in the dormitories and have been exempted from RRT, you can choose to return unopened boxes of ART kits given to your workers previously. You can return these unused kits at 3 designated collection points (see location and operating hours in the FAQs) from now until 19 December 2021. Returning of the ART kits is voluntary. Please print or show this email in a PDF format for proof of entry into the various Recreation Centres.

If your workers 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.

Please share the education materials available through this link with your workers, to familiarise them with the updated measures. You may also refer to the FAQs for more information. For further queries, please contact us at www.mom.gov.sg/efeedback.

Thank you for your support and working with us in our fight against COVID-19.