Rules on self isolation are changing
From 16 August, when even more people will have the protection of both vaccine doses, anyone who is a close contact of a positive case, and who are not displaying any symptoms, will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been fully vaccinated.
NHS Test and Trace provides you with the information you need to make the best decision for yourself, your loved ones and your community. The government has left behind the phase of strict rules and regulations, but you still need to act responsibly and play your part in preventing transmission of COVID-19 by taking a PCR test.
Current policy is that all close contacts, regardless of vaccination status are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible, so that they can have certainty about their condition.
The testing policy is unchanged, the change being implemented means that if people are fully vaccinated (and not displaying symptoms) they will only be required to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test.
It is essential that everyone follows the rules and undertakes a PCR test if they are identified as a contact, regardless of their vaccination status in order to protect those who are not yet fully vaccinated or are clinically vulnerable. By doing so everyone will be helping to protecting the progress we have made against the pandemic and keeping restrictions at a low level - ‘let’s keep life moving’
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. Under 18s and their parents or guardians will be given specific advice depending on their age whether they should get tested and will need to self-isolate if they test positive. Changes for children are important to reduce the impact on school attendance and the goal to treat children equitably with adults when they are not (generally) eligible for vaccination. These measures will also come into force on 16 August ahead of the autumn school term.
Anyone who tests positive will still need to self-isolate regardless of their vaccination status or age.
For more information, please see Gov.uk (external link)
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