Visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines who are vaccinated against COVID-19 may see their quarantine stay shortened.
Currently, all persons arriving in the country must spend, at their own cost, 14 days at a government-approved facility.
Responding to a question at a press conference, on Thursday, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, says that the length of the quarantine may be reduced for vaccinated persons.
“… so they have received their two shots if they’re coming from the States. So they have gotten two shots of the Moderna or the Pfizer, so they have certification that they have been completely vaccinated, the consideration would be that you will still need to come with negative PCR tests, you will still need to have a PCR test done on arrival and we will consider shortening the quarantine to seven days,” Keizer-Beache said.
“The research thus far suggests that the vaccines, though they might decrease the possibility of being infected, they are not decreasing completely. So you can still be carrying the virus and so you can still pose a risk to us.
“So the considerations — and as I’m saying we are still deliberating and still have to be guided. But for now, you would still require the PCR test — a negative one — to come in, you still need to have one done on arrival. And will still have to do some quarantine, but that quarantine might be shortened.”