People who have not gotten a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine must now pay for the PCR test performed prior to their release from quarantine.
At a news conference on Thursday evening, Dr. Nazla Rafeeg, spokesperson for the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC), revealed that unvaccinated people will face tougher restrictions beginning in September in order to encourage COVID-19 immunization.
Dr. Nazla explained that beginning September 1, unvaccinated people who remain in quarantine will be required to pay for the PCR test before being released.
Previously, the expense of PCR tests would not have to be borne by those under quarantine.
Unvaccinated people are permitted to travel to islands with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, after which they will be released if their PCR test results are negative, according to the Health Protection Agency’s COVID-19 rules.
HEOC reports that 21.38% of the eligible population has not gotten a single dose of COVID-19 vaccination.