News story | Date: 04/05/2021
People who have been fully vaccinated no longer need to go into transmission quarantine. When people have received their first dose and 3–12 weeks have elapsed since vaccination, they will also be exempt from transmission quarantine if they are tested between days 3 and 7 after having had close contact with an infected person. The changes will enter into effect on Tuesday 4 May at 12 am.
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This is in accordance with the recommendations that the Norwegian Government has received from the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
"More than 1.3 million Norwegians have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. An exemption from transmission quarantine for people who have been vaccinated is excellent news, and will improve many people's lives", says Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.
People who are fully vaccinated are thus equated with people who have had COVID-19 during the past 6 months, and will therefore not have to go into transmission quarantine. This means that people who are fully vaccinated do not have to take a test after close contact with an infected person.
It has already been established that people who are vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past 6 months no longer have to go into so-called waiting quarantine.
People who have only received their first dose
People who received their first dose of the vaccine within the past 3–12 weeks may be exempt from transmission quarantine as long as they take a PCR test between days 3 and 7 of their last close contact with an infected person. People who do not want to take a test or are unable to do so, must go into transmission quarantine.
"It is important that all people who need two doses take the second dose at the right time in order to achieve full protection and keep their status as vaccinated", states Mr Høie.
No changes are being made to the rules regarding quarantine following arrival from another country for people who are vaccinated. This is a matter that is being reviewed.
Vaccinated people may exit quarantine
When the change enters into effect, people in transmission quarantine who are vaccinated may exit quarantine if over 3 weeks have elapsed since their first dose. People who have only received one dose must take a PCR test between days 3 and 7 after the close contact if they exit quarantine.
People who are fully vaccinated do not need to take a test when they exit quarantine.
Any close contact of a person with a confirmed COVID-19 infection must go into quarantine from the time of contact with the infected person. If you are a close contact, you will hear from the contact tracing team, and be told what rules apply to you.