by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): As was announced previously by Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, quarantine for fully vaccinated inbound travelers, is now three full days at a government-approved facility.
On the morning of the fourth day, a person in quarantine would be subject to an exit RT-PCR test, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws, when asked to clarify the new quarantine procedure.
“Fully vaccinated inbound travelers who landed in the Federation on July 12… or beyond they would qualify now for a reduction in the period of quarantine from nine-day to three full days… I want to explain that their exit text, their nasopharyngeal swab for the COVID-19 test will be taken on the morning of day four, and then the sample will be processed, and they will then be officially released from quarantine when that COVID-19 test result is returned negative,” said Dr. Laws explaining further that the test results would typically return by the night of day four.
She made those remarks during the July 13 broadcast of Leadership Matters.
However, that may soon change, and inbound nationals or residents may be allowed to spend the quarantine period at home.
“In the following two weeks or a month, [people] can be allowed to quarantine at home without having to pay for the security facility… that’s the intention… we are also considering utilizing a mobile application and the tracking device as noted,” explained Dr. Laws.
In her closing, Dr. Laws urged persons still hesitant in accepting the vaccine to come on board in accepting the vaccine.