Changes to self-isolation rules

The Secretary of State for Health, Sajid Javid has this afternoon announced changes to the rules around self-isolation for the close contacts of anyone who test positive for Coronavirus:

  • From the 16th of August, anyone over the age of 18 who’s a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate, if they’ve been fully vaccinated.
  • If someone gets their second dose just before, or after, the 16th of August, they’ll need to wait until two weeks after they get the second jab to benefit from these new freedoms so the vaccine has time to build the maximum possible protection.
  • It will remain the case that anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus will have to self-isolate, whether they’ve had the jab or not.
  • In line with the approach for adults, anyone under the age of 18, who is a close contact of a positive case, will no longer need to self-isolate.  Instead, they’ll be given advice about whether they should get tested, dependent on their age, and they’ll need to self-isolate if they test positive.  These measures will also come into force on the 16th August, ahead of the Autumn school term.
  • Full details of the announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/update-to-parliament-on-self-isolation-rules

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