Fully vaccinated Canberrans forced to stay home orders after interstate travel | Canberra Times


Fully vaccinated Canberra residents have been forced into a two-week stay-at-home period when they return to ACT after traveling interstate when they received their second dose less than two weeks ago. People who have traveled to high-risk areas have been caught by the rule, despite traveling allowed from Monday for those given two COVID-19 vaccine doses. The ACT government has identified a number of regions in NSW and Victoria, including large parts of Greater Melbourne and Newcastle, where there has been significant COVID-19 transmission. Under the rules, fully vaccinated persons are able to travel between high-risk areas and ACT for any reason, provided they complete an exemption form. The rules for high-risk geographic areas were outlined last week before the territory opened up for free travel between all of NSW and Victoria on 1 November. However, it was not explicitly mentioned that a person should wait 14 days after his second dose. Chief health officer Kerryn Coleman defended the communication around the rule, saying the ACT government had been clear throughout the outbreak regarding the two-week period during which vaccines were to become effective. “Once the prime minister has discussed fully vaccinated, he has always communicated that it takes two weeks to be fully vaccinated and have the full effect of vaccination,” Dr Coleman said. “Communication about being fully, effectively vaccinated is two weeks after your second dose of vaccine.” Prime Minister Andrew Barr has reiterated the message throughout the outbreak that people were only effectively vaccinated two weeks after their second dose. But this has never been mentioned in relation to restrictions or travel. Dr. Coleman said the rule was introduced to reduce the risk of transfer. “The reason for that is to reduce the risk of reintroduction or continued sowing, which will increase the number of cases and increase our risk of transmission in the community,” she said. The ACT government, unlike NSW and Victoria, has not differentiated restrictions between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Unvaccinated persons in the ACT are given the same freedoms within the territory as those who have been vaccinated. However, the ACT has applied the vaccinated and unvaccinated rule to travel to geographical areas that have been considered high risk. Neither NSW nor Victoria have required people to wait for access to freedom until two weeks after their second dose. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Dr. Coleman said a small number of people were caught by the rule, but that ACT Health would work with them to see if their stay at home could be shortened once the two-week period was over. The specification of waiting two weeks was first on the ACT government’s COVID-19 website on Wednesday afternoon. Before that, it was only shown on the exemption form, which is submitted upon entry into the area. This meant that individuals affected by the rule may not see this until they returned to ACT. Dr. Coleman said they would work to make the rule clearer on government websites, but that individuals needed to understand their obligations. “I have always recommended, and I think everyone has always recommended, that people are very aware of the travel restrictions in the jurisdiction they are going to, and the jurisdiction they are returning to has not changed,” she said. . Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:


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