Call by Liberal MPs for home quarantine for overseas travellers demonstrates a lack of understanding of vaccination

The Sunday Age reports “Morrison government MPs say vaccinated Australians returning from overseas should be able to quarantine at home, arguing it is unnecessary to force them into hotels “

Liberal senator for NSW Hollie Hughes, who was predictably amongst those arguing for less restriction, said vaccinated returning travellers should ‘‘absolutely’’ be able to quarantine at home.

Vaccination reduces the impact that infection has upon you. It does not make you immune to infection. Can vaccinated and still be carrying the virus, you would just be less sick. This means that a fully vaccinated person can still transmit the virus.

This is why we need to have high levels of testing during an outbreak.

This is why people who have been partially or fully vaccinated need to continue to be tested

This is why we need to have returning travellers in isolation, in government run facilities, until they test negative.

This is why people who are vaccinated need to lock down when there is an outbreak.

This is why we need to stop giving people like Liberal senator for NSW Hollie Hughes oxygen.

Certainly, home quarantine would be a potential game changer for thousands of people trapped overseas, as the experts argue. But it also poses huge risks for the rest of the community, if the returning travellers do not observe the stringent requirements of home quarantining until they return a negative test.

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