‘Close Contact’ Category to Be Loosened for Fully Vaccinated: Australian State Proposalon October 1, 2021 at 6:05 am

The New South Wales (NSW) government is considering a proposal to overhaul contact tracing rules for people who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. Under the proposal (pdf), a fully vaccinated person will no longer be identified as a close contact nor be forced to isolate if they have visited an exposure site, both indoors and outdoors. However, it will not apply to settings such as schools, healthcare, or aged care. NSW Health will also downgrade the risk categories of these people to casual contact even in the event of direct physical contact, which includes shaking hands, hugging, or kissing. Those who also wear masks and do not have physical contact will be further downgraded to low risk. People who are unvaccinated or have received one dose will remain under the close contact risk category. However, NSW Health notes that this proposed guidance is general, and subject to …

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