As from 15 January 2022 the status of ‘fully vaccinated’ against the COVID-19 will be redefined and applied following the administration of the booster (third) dose.
The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Jagutpal, announced on Wednesday that the existing regulation has been amended to this effect.
In Mauritius, the vaccines of AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Covishield, Pfizer, Sputnik and Sinopharm have been provided in two doses.
For individuals to keep their vaccinated status, they will be required to get inoculated with the booster dose, he said.
As regards the amended Regulation, it stipulates that if a person has been tested positive to the COVID-19 by a laboratory recognised by the Ministry, that person will be considered as fully vaccinated but only for a four-month period as from the date he was tested positive.
After the four-month period, the individual will be required to take the booster dose to be considered as fully vaccinated.
After their second dose of vaccine, members of the public will have up to six months to take the booster dose, in order to reach the ‘fully vaccinated’ status.
Access to several sites, including restaurants and food courts is restricted to “fully vaccinated” individuals only.
Those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be considered as fully vaccinated only if they get a second dose of the same vaccine.
So far, 942 722 persons having received their first dose representing 74,5%; 909,170 persons have been inoculated with the second dose (71,8%); 174,854 persons have received the booster dose.
40,931 students aged less than 18 years have received the first dose of Pfizer while 31,768 students have received their second dose.