COVID Vaccination Motivation: Stay Focused

By 
Holly Lucara
Community Relations  Coordinator Beartooth Billings Clinic
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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Teresa Hauge, Beartooth Billings Clinic RN, gives a COVID vaccine to Raymond Castellani, Red Lodge Fire Rescue.

Montana DPHHS updated its quarantine recommendations for vaccinated persons and reinfection guidance on Feb. 12.  Although the risk of COVID-19 transmission from vaccinated persons to others is still uncertain, vaccination has been demonstrated to prevent symptomatic COVID-19; symptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission is thought to have a greater role in transmission than purely asymptomatic transmission. Additionally, individual and societal benefits of avoiding unnecessary quarantine may outweigh the potential but unknown risk of transmission and facilitate the direction of public health resources to persons at highest risk for transmitting to others. 

CDC updated the guidance entitled, “Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States”; the complete guidance can be viewed on the CDC website.

 Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19. Additional considerations for patients and residents in healthcare settings are provided. Information regarding re-infections has been updated as well. 

Reduced quarantine times are possible for fully vaccinated persons with suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19 in community settings and meet all the following criteria:

1. Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) 

2. Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series 

3. Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure. 

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated. This recommendation to waive quarantine for people with vaccine-derived immunity aligns with quarantine recommendations for those with natural immunity, which eases implementation. 

If you wish to be vaccinated, please fill out the survey found online at CarbonAlert.org. For further assistance, please call Beartooth Billings Clinic Public Health COVID-19 Information at 406-446-0609. 

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