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A man receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) for mass vaccination in the capital Doha, on February 18, 2021. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: Qatar has said that its citizens and foreign residents who have received two doses of vaccination against COVID-19 are exempted from quarantine when they return to the country from abroad, or after coming into contact with a positive case.

Exemption from the quarantine will be applied 14 days after receiving the second dose, a health official said, according to the Qatari news agency QNA.

The exempted person should also test negative in the coronavirus-detecting PCR test conducted following return to Qatar or after coming in touch with a positive case, added Dr Abdulatif Al Khal, the head of Qatar’s national strategic health group in charge of tackling COVID-19.

Exemption from quarantine in Qatar is valid for three months, starting from 14 days after getting the second dose of the vaccine, the official added. “This duration can be extended in the future after obtaining more clinical evidence,” said Dr Al Khal.

However, he noted that the exemption is not currently applicable to people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in other countries.

Last December, Qatar launched a mass vaccination campaign against the ailment.