Guidelines on infection control and quarantine for individuals vaccinated against COVID-19

The Chief Epidemiologist has made the following instructions in consultation with Landspitali University Hospital infectious disease specialists. These instructions will be updated as needed.

A vaccinated individual means a fully vaccinated person, but the full effectiveness of the vaccination is reached two weeks after the second dose of vaccination or two weeks after the Janssen vaccination. If two doses of vaccine are required to be fully vaccinated, the same rules apply after one dose as apply to unvaccinated individuals.

A vaccinated person who develops symptoms that could be COVID-19 should undergo testing as soon as possible and not attend school or work, or go back home if there already. If the test is negative, attendance to school or work should be determined in consultation with a supervisor, when symptoms have resolved.

1. Vaccinated general public and travellers

  • No exposure to COVID-19
    The same instructions for infection control and for others at any given time.
  • In a household with a quarantined person
    No need for quarantine.
  • Working with a person in a work quarantine
    Registered with the Chief Epidemiologist for a work quarantine, same as unvaccinated. If a work quarantine ends before the second sampling of a person in a work quarantine, the Chief Epidemiologist sets out the conditions for the quarantine for colleagues in the approval for the work quarantine. Conditions may vary between vaccinated and unvaccinated.
  • Exposed to COVID-19 infected person (according to contact tracing)
    • For minor exposures e.g. an infected colleague or fellow traveller, special precautions for 14 days instead of quarantine may apply. Special precaution means to monitor symptoms and not interact with vulnerable individuals.
    • If contact with the infected person is significant, the vaccinated person may need to be quarantined, e.g. continuous contact with a COVID-19 infected person e.g. if the infected person is an unvaccinated child, cared for by a vaccinated parent.

2. Vaccinated healthcare professionals

  • Not exposed to COVID-19
    Health care facilities set their own infection control rules.
  • In a household with a quarantined person
    No need for quarantine.
  • Working with a person in a work quarantine
    There is not a need for quarantine, but the health care facility should limit as much as possible the group that needs to interact with individuals in a work quarantine and have an overview of who is exposed if an infection occurs in a work quarantine, as per next point.
  • Exposed to COVID-19 infected person
    • Quarantine or special precautions are according to the decision of the Contact Tracing Team, as above, or according to the epidemic committee of the facility if such a committee exists.
    • A health care facility can use quarantine C in the workplace if an employee is quarantined. If there is a reason to apply quarantine C at work, the employee should still be in quarantine outside of work. The Chief Epidemiologist decides on any controversy.

Fyrst birt 08.07.2021

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