Vaccinated or not, here's why testing is still important for your production
With more and more age groups now falling into eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s understandable that complacency creeps in and preventative testing seems like less of a priority. However, it’s as important now as it’s ever been to stop cases developing in your production.
With numbers falling, and so-called ‘pandemic fatigue’ setting in, it’s no wonder that people’s perception of the risk of infection is fading.
Being vaccinated doesn’t mean that you can’t still contract or transmit COVID. Just because you may only get a mild version of the virus if you are vaccinated, doesn’t mean that you can’t transmit it to someone who is un-vaccinated or only partially vaccinated and they, as a result, may become very unwell. Government isolation rules are still firmly in place when it comes to patients who are symptomatic, who test positive, or for patient 1’s who have been in close contact with a confirmed case. With this in mind, it’s still very much a reality that production schedules can be seriously affected by COVID cases.
Vaccination efficacies are not 100% and early evidence shows that they are likely to drop in effectiveness over time. This means that we expect to see case numbers increase again in the autumn. In our opinion, we suspect that COVID testing, and robust protocols will be needed for the foreseeable future.
Variants of concern
COVID-19 variants, if considered to have concerning epidemiological, immunological or pathogenic properties, are raised for formal investigation. At this point they are designated Variant Under Investigation (VUI) with a year, month, and number. Following a risk assessment with the relevant expert committee, they may be designated Variant of Concern (VOC). (gov.uk May21)
As we are hearing in the daily news updates, the Indian variant (or B1617.2) is now classified as a ‘variant of concern’.
The reason for rigorous testing on arrival into the country from international destinations is not only to prevent the spread of infection, but also to determine which variants of the virus are being carried.
Vaccination doesn’t mean no isolation
It has been revealed today, 25th May 2021, that being vaccinated won’t exclude you from having to isolate if you come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Even beyond the 21st June date, the government is expected to keep isolation rules in place due to the continued risk of transmission.
Social distancing and strict hygiene rules on productions is key. A positive case can be disruptive, however, Public Health England (PHE) are automatically informed of a positive result, which then means that Track & Trace will then contact all patient 1’s and enforce a period of isolation, often causing more problems and delays.
Remaining strict on protocols is the only sure-fire way of avoiding such problems regardless of individuals’ vaccination status.
Travelling internationally for your production
International travel remains an integral part of most productions, and it’s looking unlikely that travel testing requirements will change anytime soon. YDFM is perfectly placed to assist you with your testing needs. Access to government approved testing through our mobile concierge service takes the stress out of the testing process.
For queries or advice on how we can support your production, contact the team on 0330 088 6022.