Vaccinated with one or two doses, you have been in contact with someone positive for covid. Are you a contact case and do you have to apply the isolation rule that applies in this situation?
The answer is yes, confirms theHealth Insurance on its website: “You must continue to isolate yourself (…) in case of contact with a positive person“.
No 100% effective vaccine
Why ? Because the vaccine is not 100% effective, neither after two doses and even less between the two doses. The maximum efficacy of the vaccine is in fact not reached until two weeks after the second dose of vaccination.
But also because scientists do not yet know to what extent the vaccine blocks the transmission of the virus.
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Vaccinated but contagious?
Indeed, when we talk about the efficacy of the vaccine, we are generally talking about efficacy against severe forms of the disease, not against the risk of being a carrier of the virus and contagious.
If you have been in contact with a sick person, you may have been infected, not developing symptoms, but transmitting the disease.
Get tested and isolate yourself
This is why as a precaution, the Ministry of Health recalls in its “covid tips“ : “even vaccinated, in the event of risky contact with a person positive for covid, you are considered as a “contact case”: you must be tested and isolate yourself immediately“.
As a reminder, a person is “contact case” when they have spent more than 15 minutes with a person positive for covid-19, without a mask and at a distance of less than one meter.
No vaccine during isolation
Last information to remember: if you are in contact when you were to be vaccinated, you must be tested before the injection. If the test is negative, the vaccination can take place as planned.
But if the test is positive, it will be necessary to postpone the appointment by at least three months, whether it is your first or your second dose.