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Why mandatory quarantine must be revisited

Dear Sir,

By mandating that unvaccinated arriving passengers — yes, I know it says non-immunised, but immunisation can occur with antibodies from a recovered Covid-19 exposure, as some countries are recognising for entry requirements — be quarantined under the new guidelines, the Bermuda Government is in effect ruling that only vaccinated persons will follow the rules.

This attempt at the prevention of spread of infection would work only if the vaccinated, non-quarantined persons remain at their accommodation until they receive a negative result from their first test in Bermuda — the test on landing or fourth-day test.

Also, if the result is positive, the Government is ruling that the vaccinated persons can be trusted to stay at home and not have visitors during the 14 days’ quarantine time after.

In Bermuda, we are still quarantining those vaccinated that receive a positive result for coronavirus, so we are acknowledging that vaccinated (fully immunised) persons can catch and spread coronavirus and/or Covid-19. Just one chance is one too many.

Note: vaccinated persons are considered fully immunised only within a certain time frame (three months, six months or one year in some countries). It will require boosters at various interims to be back in the fully immunised zone.

ARLENE BREWSTER

St David's

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Published May 11, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated May 10, 2021 at 6:57 pm)

Why mandatory quarantine must be revisited

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