Quarantine Exemptions for the Vaccinated

any ideas on what they are announcing tomorrow? There’s supposed to be some change for inbound pax. I would love to see them announce a detailed pathway to re-opening the border (ie, the metrics our Lord Chen wants to see for vaxx rate) but the cynic in me says that they are going to have even further restrictions.

When enough of Taiwan’s population is vaccinated, I would eventually like to see self-health management instituted for fully vaccinated people, before eventually dropping all restrictions for fully vaccinated people.

Of course, once the pandemic is over, all the restrictions should be dropped.

I’d be happy with home quarantine and extremely high fines for cheaters. I do support more testing.

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From a risk perspective, testing 3 days before departure/test on arrival and a test on day 8 would be enough. But the government is obsessed with zero covid.

It’s pretty obvious that the governments goal is not zero covid, not only because they’ve said it isn’t several times but they’ve been unwilling to implement the strictest measures even when called for. Now, they’re talking about loosening restrictions even with a steady (yet small) number of cases. So no, that isn’t their obsession.

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From today’s press conference: no changes at the moment for the vaccinated, but they’re thinking about it.

Of course it’s anybody’s guess as to when changes may take effect. My current guess is not in time for this summer vacation, but perhaps in time for Chinese New Year.

All contingent, I assume, on what we learn about how much the vaccinated can still catch and transmit this thing without actually getting sick.

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The hotel quarantine is a real deterrent. Being confined to a single room for 14 days and paying premium is not sustainable. There are people with big houses/apartments that can quarantine alone in their whole property. If this hotel quarantine was lifted I’d be out of here in a minute.

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I think it will eventually be lifted, but enacting it in the time of outbreak I felt was a good move. It probably deterred many to just…stay put.

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Yup, me too. Which, to be fair, is probably a big reason they’re doing it. A bunch of residents coming back from international travel is probably not a risk the government wants to deal with in the next couple of months, and as much as these rules limit me doing what I want to do, I can see the sense in the precautions.

And note it’s still very much an open question just how much the vaccinated can still transmit the disease.

Vaccinated or not I would want to quarantine in my own home. Unfortunately I doubt Taiwan will allow vaccinated in without quarantine, but at least people who can quarantine alone at home should.

I didn’t step foot out of my door during my quarantine at home.

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Nor would most people. But then, unfortunately, this happened:

A 71-year-old woman identified as the third case of the Delta COVID variant is believed to have briefly come in contact with the woman who was back from Peru during the latter’s home isolation period, according to the CECC.

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It is the governments way to support the hotel / tourism industry.

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Not to mention forcing families that have been living/traveling together to quarantine in separate hotel rooms in order to generate more money for the hotels.

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This arrangement is to prevent cross-infection, as the authorities understand that families will naturally interact and eat together even if they are instructed not to do this.

Guy

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If they have been living and traveling together outside of Taiwan I still don’t understand the need to separate them once they enter the country, other than to direct more funds into the hotel industry.

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Fully vaccinated with self-health management would be great. Hope they end the hotel quarantine requirement by the time I return to Taiwan mid October. (Just booked a flight back home!)

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The family member(s) that have caught the disease might not be infective at the time they’re traveling. They might start being infective during the quarantine. It’s for their own good.

With that reasoning, everybody, everywhere should be isolating and not interacting with anyone. It’s for their own good.

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Exactly, for the people with higher risks, like visitors or the people who had contact with a patient. Also this won’t effect the society too much, because it’s for the people with higher risks, like visitors and the people who had contact with a patient.

On twitter somebody posted that the way the PCR test during quarantine was done meant that her and her husband could take the same taxi to a hospital, sit there for three hours while waiting for a 15 second test and then take the same taxi back again to the hotel where they could not they in the same room. That would be huge penalty. But sharing the taxi and sitting next each other in a hospital is fine.

As with the other restrictions this quarantine system is setup without much thinking on what actually works.

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