In light of resumption of selected activities, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has implemented the use of Pre-Event testing to ensure that certain activities are able to resume safely. Here are 7 things you need to know about Pre-Event testing.
- What is Pre-Event testing?
Pre-event testing is a form of COVID-19 test required by MOH, attendees or patrons that want to enter the venue of the approved event must take this test. A valid negative COVID-19 test result taken within a specified period of time is required before participants are allowed to enter the venue.
- Why is Pre-Event testing necessary?
Pre-event testing helps to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak by pre-screening participants of an event, ensuring that they do not have COVID-19 prior to being allowed into the venue. This precaution will allow events with larger numbers of participants to resume safely.
- When is Pre-Event testing not necessary?
As of 24 April 2021, participants that have completed the full vaccination process and have time to develop sufficient protection (two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination) need not undergo Pre-event testing.
- What events require Pre-Event testing?
As of now, only selected events are allowed to run with Pre-Event testing protocols in place. Below table is a summary of all events that are allowed, and when Pre-Event testing is needed.
- Which COVID-19 test should be taken for the purpose of Pre-Event Testing?
There are currently 2 types of COVID-19 test available: Antigen Rapid Test (ART) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.
Antigen Rapid Test has quicker turnaround time, this assures you that your visit to the event venue can be covered within the validity period of the test. Results of Antigen Rapid Test takes about 30minutes from swab registration, whereas Polymerase Chain Reaction test takes up to 48hours.
It is therefore encouraged to take an Antigen Rapid Test due to the quicker turnaround time, as recommended by MOH.
- When should I get tested?
COVID-19 test results are valid for 24hours from the time of registration at the testing premise. You are allowed to enter and remain in the event premises as long as your results are valid. Therefore, you must get tested:
- Before the start of the visit of the event
- At most 24hour before the end of your attendance at the event
- Where can I get tested?
Here at Minmed we provide three different modes of Antigen Rapid Test to suit the needs of our clients. Results can be easily retrieved after 15 to 30 minutes via scanning a QR code.
i. Clinic-Based Antigen Rapid Test
Get your Antigen Rapid Test done at any of our 8 clinics islandwide, all conveniently located near MRT. Flexible online booking available online 24/7, or walk in for same day service.
ii. Event Venue ART
We provide a flexible setup for Antigen Rapid Test, option of Adhoc or Permanent Set Up depending on your requirements. We are able to provide High capacity testing, up to 750 participants a day. All equipment and consumables are provided and summary of results are provided to Event Organizers upon request.
iii. Hybrid mode ART
We are able to provide a hybrid format of Antigen Rapid Test, where participants can either opt to visit any of our 8 clinics island wide prior to the event, or have their Antigen Rapid Test done during the day of the event.
Corporate rates available for Antigen Rapid Test with exclusive partnership, let us be your one stop service provider for Antigen Rapid Test. For more information, please visit: https://minmed.sg/antigen-rapid-test
Information about PET adapted from MOH. For more information , please visit MOH at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/pet