Department of Health recruits retired healthcare professionals to help with COVID contact tracing

The public health superintendent is trying to recruit retired and retired public officials from the health professional categories to perform COVID-19 contact tracing tasks.

In a notice released earlier this week, the health ministry is calling on retired and retired healthcare professionals under the age of 70 to help the government’s COVID-19 response team.

Healthcare professionals are being recruited to investigate cases and perform contact tracing to ensure all close contacts are formally quarantined.

They will also be responsible for advising cases and contacts on healthy lifestyles during quarantine, while using EpiLink record linkage software to connect different health databases.

Health officials are trying to tackle an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases due to decreased vaccine immunity, the highly transmissible variant of Omicron, and increased social interactions during the holidays.

In addition, an estimated 20,000 people are spending the holiday season in quarantine with more than 7,700 people in Malta currently sick with COVID-19.

The increase in cases has led to further restrictions. As of this week, all standing events held must be seated, while funerals and weddings can continue under existing protocols.

Establishments must close at 1 a.m., and sporting events can continue without spectators.

Meanwhile, health officials are making progress on the booster vaccination campaign. Nearly 200,000 people have received a booster, and more are expected to follow after registration opens for over 18s to receive their dose.