Doctors Asking Close Contact for RT-PCR –ve Report Before In
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Amid high number of beneficiaries testing positive within days of getting vaccinated, doctors have started asking them to wait for five days if they are close contact of a COVID patient and get an RT-PCR test in case they have symptoms. This is being done to ensure beneficiaries don’t doubt the vaccine in case they test positive.

Doctors lamented lack of clear guidelines regarding vaccination of those who are testing positive.

Earlier, it was reported that a lot of COVID patients admitted in different hospitals have taken the first dose, while some of them had taken both the doses.

Doctors said these patients had come for vaccination in panic after someone in their family tested positive. “We are now asking if anyone in their family has test positive in last two weeks. In case they turn out to be close contacts of a positive person, we recommend RT-PCR,” doctors said.

Dr Ashok Jadhao, head, department of community medicine at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College & Hospital, said all beneficiaries can’t be recommended RT-PCR. “Ideally, contact tracing is done and people are tested. In case a beneficiary tests positive, s/he must defer it by 8 to 12 weeks from the day of result,” he said.

Sengupta Hospital director Dr Shantanu Sengupta said if beneficiaries have any symptoms or signs like fever, cough or cold they must anyway avoid taking the jab. “Or if they have come in close contact before the vaccination schedule date, they must defer it. The infection can flare up if a person is jabbed. This is also being studied. Also, after 45 days of infection, antibody test has to be done and if the level is good, you need to wait more,” he said.

Kunal Hospital director Dr Shishir Shrivastav said that the bigger reason behind getting a RT-PCR is the beneficiary shouldn’t blame the vaccine afterwards.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Ashwini Tayade said inoculation of this group coincided with the vaccination drive. “The infectivity is high this time so mostly they were already exposed. If one is a close contact, then wait five days. If symptoms appear then avoid the jab. If no symptom, then one can go for inoculation with or without PCR.”

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