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Does an immuniser need to self-isolate as a contact if they have immunised a person who later is found to be a positive case?

The triage of attendees at booking and on arrival at a clinic reduces the risk of a positive individual attending for vaccination. Exclusion of positive or self-isolating residents also reduces risk in care home bases sessions. 

The advice in the Welsh Immunisation System invitation letters is that individuals should not attend for immunisation if they or a member of their households has any COVID-19 symptoms i.e. new continuous cough, loss of taste and/or smell or temperature, or are waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test, or are self-isolating or are less than 4 weeks since being tested positive.

However if someone that has been vaccinated is later identified as a confirmed case, the immuniser would not be considered a contact provided Infection Prevention & Control (IP&C) precautions have been applied and the recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been worn correctly without any breach – i.e. the Fluid Resistant Surgical Mask (FRSM) mask has been correctly worn and hand hygiene correctly applied.

Immunisers have been advised on the IP&C precautions and appropriate PPE for immunisation i.e. wear an FRSM mask on a sessional basis, risk assess the need for eye protection. Gloves and aprons not required unless there is an additional risk of exposure to blood or body fluid contamination / broken skin. Hand hygiene must be rigorously applied between each vaccination episode. [17/12/20]