Quarantine and swabs, the Ministry circular: what changes from today. Read the text in pdf

Quarantines and swabs, what changes and what are the differences between those who are not vaccinated, those who have been vaccinated for more or less than four months and those who have already received the booster dose? It was enacted this morning there circular of the Ministry of Health with updates on quarantine and isolation measures following the release of the new one variante Omicron.

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The circular: quarantine and swabs, what changes

No quarantine for asymptomatic subjects who have received the booster dose, or have completed the primary vaccination course in the previous 120 days, or have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection in the previous 120 days, with the obligation to wear FFP2 type masks for at least 10 days. The self-monitoring period ends on day 5.

In case of high risk contacts, i sanitary workers must also perform daily tampons up to 5 / o day. For these vaccinated or cured subjects, a rapid or molecular antigen test is required to detect the Sars-Cov-2 antigen at the first appearance of symptoms and, if still symptomatic, on the fifth day following the date of the last contact. close with subjects confirmed positive for Covid 19.

The circular ‘Update on quarantine and isolation measures following the global spread of the new VOC variant SARS-CoV-2 Omicron (B.1.1.529)’ specifies that for subjects not vaccinated or who have not completed the primary vaccination course (i.e. that they have received only one dose of the two planned vaccines) or that they have completed the primary vaccination course less than 14 days ago the current quarantine measure provided for in the duration of 10 days from the last exposure to the case, at the end of which period a molecular or antigen test is performed with a negative result.

For i subjects who have completed the primary vaccination course for more than 120 days, and which are still valid today green pass, if asymptomatic: quarantine has duration of 5 days, provided that at the end of this period a molecular or antigen test is performed with a negative result. As for the infected subjects who have previously received the booster dose, or who have completed the vaccination course for less than 120 days, insulation can be reduced from 10 to 7 days, provided that they have always been asymptomatic, or have been asymptomatic for at least 3 days and on the condition that, at the end of this period, a molecular or antigen test with negative result.

Booster protects Omicron from severe disease

The first data on the efficacy of vaccines against the Omicron variant “suggest that the same would be able to reduce the efficacy of vaccines against infection, transmission, and symptomatic disease, especially in those who have completed the course of two doses of more than 120 days. However, the third dose would bring the efficacy of the vaccines back to levels comparable to those against the Delta variant, giving good protection against serious disease ».

For these reasons, the ministry affirms, “it is appropriate to promote the administration of the third booster dose and to differentiate the measures envisaged for the duration and term of quarantine both on the basis of the time elapsed since the completion of the primary vaccination cycle and when administering the booster dose “.


Last updated: Friday 31 December 2021, 13:08

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