Vaccinated people must still quarantine if they show COVID symptoms — CMOSunday, June 13, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — People who are vaccinated must quarantine if they show signs of having the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie made the declaration at the virtual COVID Conversations press conference, held on Thursday.
“There is a real risk with the number of variants outside of the country, and these different variants can be introduced into the country and produce a rapid increase in the number of cases,” she said.
The CMO noted that vaccinated people can still become infected with the virus and transmit.
“The purpose of quarantine is really an observation period to see if persons who have been exposed to COVID-19, if they do develop symptoms, that you keep them away from the general population to prevent the population's risk of exposure.
“Why is that necessary? Because we don't have enough of our population that is vaccinated, that is protected from that risk of exposure. The number of variants of concern that are out there means that the introduction of any of these more transmissible variants in the country can give rise to the potential of exposure to the population and rapid spread in the population,” she continued.
Several people in Jamaica have tested positive for the UK variant of the COVID-19, which is highly transmissible.
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