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Unvaccinated hospital visitors must test negative for Covid-19 before entering wards from Aug 19: MOH

SINGAPORE — Starting Thursday (Aug 19), unvaccinated visitors will have to show a negative Covid-19 test result before they are able to enter hospital wards, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Monday.

Unvaccinated hospital visitors must test negative for Covid-19 before entering wards from Aug 19: MOH

From Oct 1, 2021, partially vaccinated visitors must test negative for Covid-19 before entering hospital wards.

  • From Aug 19, unvaccinated visitors must show a negative Covid-19 test result before entering a hospital ward
  • Fully vaccinated visitors and those who have recovered from Covid-19 can enter the wards without being tested
  • From Oct 1, partially vaccinated visitors must also test negative for Covid-19 before entering wards
  • All visitors can only stay for 30 minutes, regardless of their vaccination status

 

SINGAPORE — Starting Thursday (Aug 19), unvaccinated visitors will have to show a negative Covid-19 test result before they are able to enter hospital wards, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Monday.

They will have to take either an antigen rapid test or a polymerase chain reaction test administered or supervised by MOH-approved Covid-19 test providers, obtained within the 24 hours before the hospital visit.

Fully vaccinated visitors, as well as those who have recovered from Covid-19 and have a valid pre-event test exemption notice, will be able to enter the hospital wards without the need for a Covid-19 test.

The vaccinated visitors will have to show their vaccination status on the HealthHub or the TraceTogether mobile application as proof of vaccination.

These new measures mark the reopening of hospitals to visitors, after it was announced earlier this month that visits to all hospital wards would not be allowed, with some exceptions, from Aug 5 to 18. This was due to the detection of Covid-19 community cases involving staff members and patients in hospitals.

MOH also said on Monday that from Oct 1 this year, those who are partially vaccinated with just one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine will be required to show a negative pre-visit Covid-19 test result before being allowed to visit hospital wards.

They are exempted from the testing requirement until Sept 30.

“Partially vaccinated individuals have not attained sufficient immune protection from Covid-19 vaccination and will be at risk of being infected, or may infect hospital patients when they visit their loved ones,” it said.

It added that the pre-visit Covid-19 testing can be done at any MOH-approved antigen rapid test provider, which can be found at the go.gov.sg/swabproviders website.

From Sept 1, hospitals may arrange pre-visit Covid-19 tests for unvaccinated visitors at Quick Test Centres, with visitors having to pay for the pre-visit tests themselves.

VISITATION DURATION LIMIT

MOH said that the visitation duration of 30 minutes will be maintained for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status. This is to reduce the risk of Covid-19 clusters forming in hospitals.

Each patient can:

  • Register up to two visitors for each admission

  • Receive up to two visits a day, with only one visitor allowed at the bedside at any one time

Patients who are very ill will be allowed five registered visitors for each admission, with two visitors allowed at the bedside each time.

Exception will be given to visitors of the following patient groups to extend their visit beyond 30 minutes, on a conditional, case-by-case basis at the discretion of the hospital:

  • Patients who are children

  • Birthing mothers or women who have just delivered babies

  • Patients requiring additional care support from caregivers, such as visitors assisting patients with mental incapacities, or visitors involved in caregiver training

MOH added that consideration may also be given to exceptional and time-sensitive situations such as visiting patients with sudden life-threatening conditions, or an unexpected birth of a child. There may also be individuals with severe physical limitations that restrict their access to pre-visit testing providers.

For these exceptional cases, hospitals may “exercise discretion to assist unvaccinated visitors with antigen rapid tests on a case-by-case basis”, it said.

“MOH will calibrate the visitor management measures regularly and we seek the understanding of all visitors, as the measures will protect the patients and reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission in our hospitals.”

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