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BCA Antigen Rapid Test (ART) for Construction Sector

Updated on 1 December 2021

Fully vaccinated COVID-19 recovered workers, who are beyond 270 days of their date of their infection, will continue to be on mandatory Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) regime.

This is a revision from what the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) had announced on 24 November 2021, regarding the RRT exemption of fully vaccinated COVID-19 recovered workers who are beyond 270 days from their date of infection, that was originally due to take effect from 1 December 2021.

With the recent detection of the new coronavirus strain, the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the RRT exemption for the fully vaccinated COVID-19 reovered workers is deferred till further notice

Table 1 below summarises the latest testing regime for workers.

Table 1: Testing Regime for Workers

Worker groups

No of days from date of infection

FET-RRT Requirement

Who does it apply to?

 

Personnel on Mandatory RRT:

  • All Construction Account Workers (CAWs) i.e. Construction Work Permit and S-Pass holders
  • All personnel (workers/visitors) entering construction worksites / supply works premises
  • Individuals residing in Migrant Worker dormitories (tests arranged by MOM)

Fully vaccinated recovered workers

Within 270 days

Exempted from RRT

More than 270 days

Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 7 days
Except for border facing workers, employer-supervised ART every 3 days (i.e twice a week)

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 (i.e twice a week)

Fully vaccinated workers with no prior COVID-19 infection

N.A.

Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 7 days
Except for border facing workers, employer-supervised ART every 3 days (i.e twice a week)

Unvaccinated workers with no prior COVID-19 infection

N.A.

Need to undergo RRT: Employer-supervised ART every 3 days (i.e twice a week)


Changes to expect for AccessCode

  1. From 15 December 2021, the workers’ AccessCode status will be updated to include the following scenarios:
    • AccessCode status will be “red”, if the workers who are required to undergo RRT and did not attend or do the supervised self-swabs according to their RRT schedule. The 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, audit checks would be conducted on workers who have not been complying with their RRT schedule.
    • AccessCode status will be “red”, if the workers test positive using the ART. The 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.
  2. As an employer, you should ensure that your workers do their RRT on time and complete their full vaccination regime as soon as possible.

If your employee did not attend ART due to hospitalisation leave, medical leave, overseas or any other reasons, please submit the reasons with supporting documents here

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