Fully-vaccinated Dabawenyo with direct contact to Covid-19 patient needs 14-day quarantine – official
A fully-vaccinated Dabawenyo who has direct contact with a probable and confirmed Covid-19 patient is still required to complete a 14-day quarantine, an official said.
This was after reports came out that shortened quarantine will be allowed for people who have completed their vaccination.
“When the IATF-EID (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) Resolution No.124-B was released, there was a surge of cases in Manila and Cebu and then the IATF deferred the guidelines,” said Davao City Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser.
In July, the IATF released the resolution initially allowing fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts of probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases to just undergo a seven-day quarantine period, provided that the individual remains asymptomatic for the duration of the seven days with the first day being the immediate date after the last exposure.
The Department of Health (DOH) said that a person is considered exposed to an infected individual if he has a “face-to-face contact within one meter and for at least 15 minutes, direct physical contact, direct care for a patient without using personal protective equipment, or other situations as indicated by local risk assessments.”
On August 10, the national government suspended the protocol that allows the shortened seven-day quarantine period for fully-vaccinated travelers and individuals exposed to Covid-19 positive patients, saying that the measure was meant to slow down the transmission amid the surge of cases.
“Even during the release of Resolution 124-B, the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte did not adopt it because it does not apply when a certain place hasn’t achieve herd immunity yet,” she said.
She added that even if an individual’s Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test turned out negative and the close contact is asymptomatic, it still does not exempt them from being isolated for two weeks.