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No change in quarantine exemption period at present: Dr Al Maslamani

No change in quarantine exemption period at present: Dr Al Maslamani

Tribune News Network
Doha
Hamad General Hospital Medical Director Dr Yousef Al Maslamani has said that there is no change in quarantine exemption period for people after receiving the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine until more scientific data is available.
At present, the quarantine exemption is valid for a period of three months, starting 14 days after the second dose of the vaccine.
“The available data shows that it is possible to exempt from quarantine for a period of three months. If additional information reveals that the effectiveness of the vaccine can extend up to six months or a year, then this would be a good thing. Then the period of exemption from quarantine may extend up to six months or more,” Dr Al Maslamani told Qatar TV on Monday.
He said, “For us as recipients, the vaccine has actually been in existence for only three months. But if the manufacturers say the vaccine has proven the same efficacy after six months or a year, this will be a good thing, and the exemption period from the quarantine may extend to six months or more.”
Dr Al Maslamani said, “The scientific committee in the Ministry of Public Health reviews these matters and the reports of hospitals around the world and even the reports issued by the different countries that have vaccinated large numbers of their population.”
“Certainly the strategic committee will not hesitate to take the appropriate decision if the data are available confirming that this procedure will be appropriate,” he said.
He said people become 95 percent immune to COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the vaccine’s second dose.
“People refusing the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar are very rare,” he added.