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Some vaccinated persons resisting quarantine orders- Dr Georges

Some vaccinated persons resisting quarantine orders- Dr Georges

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges said public health authorities are facing resistance from some vaccinated persons regarding following the local public health measures in the Virgin Islands (VI).

The troubling issues were revealed during the September 27, 2021, episode of ‘Talk with Health Experts,’ a digital media programme produced by the Government Information Service (GIS) and made available on Facebook.

According to Dr Georges, persons are told to quarantine not only when testing positive for the virus, but based on risk assessment given authorities want the assurance that they are as careful as possible.


Several factors influence quarantine order


According to Dr Georges, persons are told to quarantine not only when testing positive for the virus but, based on risk assessment given, authorities want the assurance they are as careful as possible.

“In some instances, we will tell vaccinated people that they have to quarantine. If you are in a household and there's somebody who's been positive, they’re very infectious, they're sick, we're going to ask the question of that person,” he said.

“If it's a minor for example, we're going to ask an adult to stay with the person. We can’t quarantine a minor by themselves,” he said.

Dr Georges indicated that the risk of transmission is still there even if the person is vaccinated.

“We have a lot of pushback from vaccinated persons who, even when they're positive, they don't believe or they think they should be retested at a certain time, but we really have to follow all of the evidence in terms of their symptoms, in terms of how positive they are, the level of contacts where they work, what kind of interactions they have with others to make a decision,” he said.

All instances of infection remain serious


The Acting CMO said in some instances, the Police is also being used to serve quarantine orders to persons who resist.

Dr Georges further urged the public to report instances of violation of COVID-19 public health measures, especially persons who break quarantine guidelines.

He said the Public Health Department will continue to take all instances of infection as serious and important and to make decisions as to who should and should not be quarantined.

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