Malé, Maldives – In a statement released today, Health Protection Agency has cancelled quarantine for fully vaccinated asymptomatic direct contacts.
HPA states that fully vaccinated individuals are,
- Those who have completed two doses of an MFDA or WHO approved Covid-19 vaccine, given that 6 months have not passed since the 2nd dose.
- For those past 6 months from the second dose, a booster dose is required to be declared as fully vaccinated.
Direct contacts of a Covid-19 individual with symptoms must however observe quarantine until a negative rapid antigen or PCR test is produced.
Those exempt from quarantine are also expected to do a PCR test 5 days from the date of last contact with the positive individual.
The exemptions are provided for direct contact who are not housing with the positive individual.
Direct contacts living with a Covid-19 positive patient must observe quarantine same as the positive patient. Once the quarantine period has passed, direct contacts must produce a negative PCR test to be released. A second PCR test is also necessary for these direct contacts.
HPA has also approved the use of home rapid testing kits for symptomatic patients. A lab result from a registered clinic is still required for quarantine documents even with the home test.