Covid 19 - Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What will happen if I am unwell/infected with COVID-19? What will happen to my reporting date?
Should you be unwell/diagnosed with COVID-19, your reporting date will be rescheduled to allow you sufficient time to recover. Please inform your commander/Course Manager and do not report on your reporting day.
Q2. I have just taken my COVID-19 vaccine. Can I go for my IPPT?
You may log in to the NS Portal to book your IPPT slots. Please do not book IPPT slots that fall within the 2 weeks after any COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Q3. Do I need to defer my ICT or reschedule my IPPT/NS FIT if I am issued with HRN?
No, you do not need to defer your ICT or reschedule your IPPT/NS FIT. However, you need to have a negative ART result before you report for ICT or IPPT/NS FIT.
Q4. I have an upcoming ICT and I just got C+/Ag+. What should I do? Do I need to get a medical certificate?
If your HRP/isolation period stretches into your ICT period, you will have to apply for deferment via NS Portal. A medical certificate is not required.
[For asymptomatic or mild symptoms] In line with national protocol, you are encouraged to visit any Combined Test Centre (CTC) / Quick Test Centre (QTC) (https://go.gov.sg/community-ART-test) for a Healthcare-Administered ART (HA-ART). The HA-ART result will be updated in MOH’s record and reflected in your HealthHub. In addition, the HA-Ag+ result will also exempt you from the ICT swab regime for 180 days.
[For symptomatic or require medication] You can visit a doctor at PHPC or request for a Telemedicine Consult via a Telemedicine provider (https://go.gov.sg/telemedicineproviders).
If your HRP/isolation period does not stretch into your ICT period (i.e. you are discharged any time before ICT), you will be required to report for ICT. A medical certificate is not required.
Q5. I am currently on ICT and I received a HRN alert. What should I do?
Please inform your unit commander immediately. You will be required to take an ART daily, for up to 5 days upon receipt of HRN.
Q6. I need to defer my upcoming ICT for personal commitments caused by COVID-19, e.g. preschool and school closures/low manpower from telecommuting measures at work/risk of job insecurity.
You should submit a deferment application on the NS Portal. Your request will be subjected to your CO’s approval, and is dependent on your unit’s operational demand. You will not be eligible to claim for MUP if your ICT has been deferred.
Q7. I was recently vaccinated and am scheduled for ICT in one week/two weeks. Should I still report for ICT and/or how can I defer it?
You should continue to report for ICT as scheduled. There is no requirement for you to seek deferment if your vaccination is within the two weeks before your ICT.
Q8. I will be taking my COVID-19 vaccine in the middle of my ICT. Who should I inform of my vaccination date, and what should I do?
You should inform your Commander or Unit S8 of your vaccination date during in-pro.
Q9. I have an upcoming ICT as well as vaccination. Should I reschedule my vaccination to after my ICT?
You are encouraged to schedule your vaccination at the earliest instance and where possible, to complete the vaccination regime ahead of your ICT. This will cater time to achieve the desired efficacy of vaccine before the ICT. However, you do not have to postpone your vaccination to after your ICT if the given vaccination schedule is during your ICT. You should inform your Commander or Unit S8 of your vaccination date during in-pro.
Q10. I am a recovered COVID-19 serviceman. Am I required to take IPPT/NS FIT?
If you were previously hospitalised due to a COVID-19 infection, you should arrange for a consult by our SAF Medical Officer to assess if you can participate in IPPT/NS FIT. You can approach your Unit S8 for assistance to arrange for a medical review appointment.
Q11. Do I need to reschedule my IPPT/NS FIT if I am issued with HRN?
No, you do not need to reschedule your IPPT/NS FIT. However, you need to have a negative ART result before you report for your IPPT/NS FIT.
Q12. I have just taken my mRNA COVID-19 vaccination. Can I go for my IPPT/NS FIT?
Please reschedule your IPPT/NS FIT sessions to be at least 2 weeks after each COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Q13. I have just taken my COVID-19 vaccine and given the post-vaccination measures to avoid IPPT/NS FIT for two weeks after each dose, I am unable to complete my IPPT/NS FIT before my window closes. What should I do?
If you are unable to complete your IPPT/NS FIT before your IPPT window closes, you are advised to contact your Unit’s S8 or National Service Relations Officer. Your unit will examine the situation on a case by case basis.