Self-isolation rules removed for fully vaccinated close contacts

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Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case

The new rules, announced by the new Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid, will come into effect from the 16th of August if the Government takes the decision to move into step 4 of its COVID-19 roadmap.

Along with those that have been double jabbed, under 18s will also be exempt from self-isolation to ensure that they can make the most of their education.

However, they will be advised to take a PCR test if they are identified as close contacts and anyone who tests positive will be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament:

“Asking people with COVID-19 and their close contacts to self-isolate has played a critical role in helping us get this virus under control, and I’m so grateful to the millions of people across the UK who have made sacrifices to keep the virus at bay.

“Thanks to the UK’s phenomenal vaccine programme and the huge wall of defence, we can safely take steps to reduce self-isolation for people who are fully vaccinated, and those aged under 18, and instead advise people to take a PCR test. Positive cases will still need to self-isolate.

“Step-by-step, and jab-by-jab, we’re replacing the temporary protection of the restrictions, with the long-term protection of a vaccine.”


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