“My grandmother is bedridden and has not been vaccinated yet; I was worried that I would unknowingly bring home the virus to her,” shares 24-year-old Redhill Rise resident Nicole. She was one of the residents who collected the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) self-test kits at the Residents’ Committee (RC) near her home. Starting yesterday (26 June 2021), eligible residents of Bukit Merah and Redhill are able to collect their ART self-test kits from their closest RC. Nicole is grateful that her anxieties were eased. “My family is now able to stay safe through self-testing with these kits,” she explains. To further support residents, dedicated PA volunteers and staff at the RCs help to converse with older residents in dialect (if the residents prefer) or ease their worries by walking them through how they can correctly use the tests. This is especially helpful to residents who feel less comfortable or are unable to access online resources for information on using the test kits. Collection hours at some venues were extended to 9pm yesterday to ensure that more residents were able to collect their kits. David Chan, Deputy Constituency Director at Radin Mas CC, is one of the many officers on-site to help residents. He shares, “The collection of the test kits is important to reassure residents especially in light of the recent COVID-19 clusters; they are able to do the test at their own convenience and at no added cost to them.” Ensuring efficient, safe and informative experiences for residents as they collect their kits is a priority. In light of this, David reflects on the importance of his duties despite the risks associated with being on the frontline, “My parents are over 60, so I am mindful to practice good hygiene and vigilance throughout. My family is nonetheless supportive of the important work I am helping with.” Residents of eligible neighbourhoods may enter their postal codes at https://www.gowhere.gov.sg/art to find their nearest collection venue. #PeoplesAssociation #ThereForYou
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