Encouraging regular self-testing for all
Firms with employees that work onsite and are not already subject to mandatory RRT may apply for 8 ART kits per onsite employee for weekly testing of their staff over a two-month period. Applications are open until 13 October and firms with employees who are unable to work from home are strongly encouraged to apply for ART kits. More details may be found at go.gov.sg/time-limited-rrt-art.
From 1 October 2021, the MOH website will publish a map of areas frequented recently by a larger number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. This can help guide individuals on your movement and activities. Individuals who have been to these hotspots during the same timeframe are encouraged to monitor their health, perform regular ART self-tests throughout the 10 days following their potential exposure, and minimise any unnecessary interaction with others.
SafeEntry and TraceTogether would continue to be used to
inform individuals of recent confirmed close contacts to infected persons or
recent exposure to an area of increased spread through Health Risk Alerts and Health Risk
Increased weekend testing options for individuals with acute respiratory symptoms
Currently, individuals with acute respiratory symptoms can visit private GP clinics – called Swab and Send Home (SASH) clinics – to take a confirmatory PCR swab test. However, not all SASH clinics are open on weekends to serve such individuals.
To facilitate prompt testing over weekends, from 25 September 2021 (Saturday), MOH will open 8 Regional Screening Centres (RSCs) and 3 Quick Test Centres (QTCs) on Saturdays and Sundays, so that such individuals may get a free confirmatory PCR test.
• Visits to RSCs and QTCs are by appointment only
• More details are at go.gov.sg/ari-weekend-testing
Symptomatic individuals are encouraged to get their confirmatory PCR test quickly so that they can get appropriate care, if needed. This will also provide earlier protection to family members, colleagues and friends who might otherwise come into contact with the infected individual.
Expanding the booster vaccination strategy
From 4 October 2021, MOH will progressively invite persons aged 50 to 59 years who have completed their vaccination regimen with two doses from about six months ago to receive their booster dose of a PSAR mRNA vaccine.
• An SMS with a personalised booking link will be sent to the mobile number that they had registered with for their first two doses, for them to book a new appointment on www.vaccine.gov.sg
• They may receive their booster dose at any vaccination centre, polyclinic, or participating Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC)
Moderna vaccine dosage
Based on the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination (EC19V)’s recommendations and to ensure the efficient use of vaccines, from 25 September 2021, vaccination sites carrying the Moderna vaccine will begin administering the vaccine at a dosage of 50mcg for booster doses, as compared to the 100mcg dose used in the primary vaccination course. There are no safety concerns in persons who have already received 100mcg of the Moderna vaccine for their booster dose.
Primary vaccination course