Proof is weak on international insurance policies and tips concerning quarantine and testing measures for vaccinated health-care employees (HCWs) who might need been uncovered to sufferers with COVID-19. Recurring outbreaks have constrained the variety of accessible HCWs, notably in low-income and middle-income international locations (LMICs). We urge the worldwide neighborhood to assist growth of proof and evidence-based suggestions on this problem.
and far stays unknown. Vaccination breakthrough infections and onward transmission amongst HCWs have been reported.
We notice that many LMICs won’t totally immunise their populations in 2021, leaving most people liable to repeated outbreaks and HCWs liable to publicity. Coverage makers should determine whether or not and the way lengthy to quarantine HCWs uncovered to COVID-19, how usually to check HCWs, and if testing ought to rely on the presence of signs. Proof and suggestions are wanted to assist scale back dangers to sufferers, HCWs, and their households.
We did a speedy assessment on this problem for the Thai Ministry of Public Well being. Up to now, solely the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has launched a proper guideline particularly for vaccinated HCWs, which largely trusted the presence of signs.
Related insurance policies have been informally adopted in Malaysia and within the Indian state of Odisha, however most international locations preserve the identical coverage no matter vaccination standing. It’s unclear whether or not such tips are primarily based on proof, or if they are often adopted by international locations with completely different profiles, together with kind of vaccines used, vaccination protection, native an infection charges, and presence of variants of concern.
Differential quarantine and testing insurance policies for vaccinated HCWs have gotten more and more essential for a lot of international locations with overstretched health-care programs, equivalent to India, Nepal, Brazil, and Thailand. A examine of HCWs that considers vaccination standing, vaccine kind or model, and their effectiveness, and that takes under consideration new variants, is warranted. Such analysis may assist particular person international locations develop optimum quarantine and testing methods that minimise dangers whereas assembly health-care calls for.
We declare no competing pursuits. No particular funding was obtained for this analysis. The Well being Intervention and Know-how Evaluation Program (HITAP) is funded by the Thailand Analysis Fund. HITAP’s worldwide work is supported by the Worldwide Resolution Help Initiative (iDSI). iDSI is funded by the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis, the UK’s Division for Worldwide Growth, and the Rockefeller Basis. HITAP has additionally been supported by the Well being Programs Analysis Institute to check the challenges of growing a monitoring and analysis framework for COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Thailand, and by the Nationwide Analysis Council of Thailand for an initiative round COVID-19 vaccination coverage analysis in Asia.
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