Students vaccinated with the full COVID-19 guideline will be exempt from quarantine if they have close contact with an infected person. The change is incorporated into the Action Guide for the Appearance of Cases in Educational Centers, after the approval of the Public Health Commission, which met this Tuesday. Communities such as Madrid or Catalonia already included last week the modification to their respective regulations, waiting for it to be closed at the national level after Health added this guideline for the general population.
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The measure concerns students, teachers and the rest of the personnel of the centers that have received the complete vaccination schedule or have had a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in the six months prior to the last contact with the case.
The Ministry of Health specifies, however, that these people “are recommended to avoid contact with vulnerable people” and “the use of a mask in their social interactions, not attending mass events and monitoring the possible appearance of symptoms compatible “.
There is an exception to the recommendation: contacts of cases linked to outbreaks produced by a variant of the virus that escapes the immunity generated by the vaccine (betta or gamma) and people with immunosuppression, warns Health.
Until now, schoolchildren and educational personnel had to isolate themselves if they had close contact with a positive. Just like the rest of the population. But the latest update of the COVID-19 early detection, surveillance and control strategy establishes that “people who have received a complete vaccination schedule and are considered as close contact will be exempt from quarantine” and has now been moved to the rules applicable to educational centers. The protocol does contemplate a follow-up with PCR “preferably” for these cases, even if they are not in isolation.
This week begins in most of the autonomous communities the first face-to-face school year after the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020. The start occurs with 75% of the population between 12 and 19 years old with at least one dose of the vaccine and 44% with the complete guideline. Immunization of children under 12 years of age has not yet been approved.