Italy Allows Vaccine Booster Recipients to Self-Isolate

Italy Allows Vaccine Booster Recipients to Self-Isolate

Italy has lifted self-isolation rules for patients who have direct contact with people who have tested positive for Covid-19. They can self-isolate provided they have received a booster vaccine.

This step was taken after health experts urged the government to reconsider the policy. This is because the highly contagious Omicron variant of the Corona virus could paralyze Italy if millions of people are forced to stay at home.

Ummatimes - On Thursday (30/12), the Italian cabinet announced that the government would no longer require close contacts of Covid-19 who had received a booster vaccine, were fully vaccinated or had recently recovered from Covid-19 for self-isolation. However, they still have to wear FFP2 or N95 medical masks for 10 days.

If they have symptoms they must be tested within five days of coming into contact with a person who is positive for the corona virus. Italy's Deputy Health Minister Andrea Costa said the regulations made sense.

"I think it makes sense to apply different regulations for people who follow government directives, receive two doses of vaccine and then a booster vaccine," he said.

The Italian government has tightened social distancing regulations for people who have not been vaccinated. Starting from January 10, all activities including open-air restaurants, hotels and ski lifts are only for people who have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid-19. This rule also applies to public transportation.

This week the number of cases of corona virus infection in Italy jumped sharply. On Wednesday (29/12) yesterday, the positive cases of Covid-19 in the country increased by 98,030. The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital has also increased.

Italy has tightened holiday regulations. The government of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has banned concerts, outdoor activities and closed discotheques until January 31.

Italy has also tightened restrictions on foreign visitors including those from within the European Union who must now undergo a Covid-19 test before departure. Italy's vaccination program has proven effective with 80 percent of the vaccine target number already receiving the vaccine and about 30 percent of them receiving the third dose.