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Frontline workers who test positive for COVID-19 are exempt from presenting vaccination cards or negative test results

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Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2021. 1:29 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOHW) announced today that frontline workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be exempt from the requirement to present a vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test for a period of 90 days.

The Ministry said today that it will be issuing exemption letters for these frontline workers, which will keep them from being sanctioned under Statutory Instrument No. 74 of 2021, which states that workers who do not present either a vaccination card or negative test result are to be sent home and listed as absent.

“Employers will be responsible for recording the end date of the 90-day period. After the 90 days, the public health regulations in SI No. 74 will then apply and frontline workers will need to present a vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test every two weeks,” the Ministry said. “The exemption period begins on the date of the onset of illness. In the case of persons who tested positive and were asymptomatic, the period begins on the day the COVID-19 test was done.”

Those in need of exemption letters can obtain them at: Corozal Community Hospital – Corozal Town, Corozal District; Northern Regional Hospital – Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District; Central Health Region – Belize City, Belize District; Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic – San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye; Western Regional Hospital – Belmopan, Cayo; San Ignacio Community Hospital – San Ignacio Town, Cayo; Southern Regional Hospital – Dangriga Town, Stann Creek; Independence Polyclinic – Independence Village, Stann Creek; Punta Gorda Community Hospital – Punta Gorda Town, Toledo; and the Isabel Palma Polyclinic – San Antonio, Toledo.

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