Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘close contact’ category will be loosened for full immunization: Australian state proposal

The New South Wales (NSW) government is considering a proposal to overhaul contact tracing rules for people who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Under the proposal (PDF), a fully vaccinated person will no longer be identified as a close contact or forced to isolate if they are indoors and outdoors at an exposure site. Have gone However, this would not apply to settings such as schools, health care, or aged care.

NSW Health will downgrade these people’s risk categories to casual contact, including handshakes, hugs or kisses, even in the event of direct physical contact. Those who also wear masks and do not have physical contact will be further downgraded to low risk.

People who have not been vaccinated or have received a single dose will be under the close contact risk category.

However, NSW Health notes that this proposed guidance is general, and subject to change, with specific assessments potentially required in some circumstances, such as in settings with poor ventilation.

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Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gives a COVID-19 update on September 27, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Joel Caret – Poole / Getty Images)

Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian signaled changes on 29 September when she said reaching 70 and 80 per cent vaccination rates meant tackling contact tracing differently.

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“You don’t have to be cautious with close contacts, you don’t have to be careful with everything you deal with, and that applies to schools as well,” Berejiklian said. “I want to make it clear that contact tracing, and the way we deal with positive cases for fully vaccinated people, will look a little different than it is today.”

The state crisis cabinet is expected to consider the proposal today, and will go into effect after the state hits the 70 percent vaccination target on October 11.

Currently, people identified as close contacts must self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, casual contacts are required to undergo rapid antigen testing for 14 days from exposure to COVID-19 if they do not wish to self-isolate, while low-risk contacts should only self-monitor for symptoms. is needed.

Rebecca Zhu

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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