Self-isolation to be eased for fully vaccinated adults and school children
On Tuesday 6 July, the government announced that double vaccinated people will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Young people under 18 will also be exempt from self-isolation if they are a close contact.
The new rules will come into effect from 16 August as part of step 4 of the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap.
Introducing this exemption in August will enable even more people to have received both doses of the vaccine, significantly reducing the risk of severe illness and providing the fullest protection possible for people across the country. The NHS COVID-19 app will update in August in line with the new guidance on self-isolation for close contacts.
The system of sending "bubbles" of children home after a positive case will cease at the end of summer term. The changes to schools guidance will take effect at the same time as the country moves to stage four of the Government’s roadmap, expected on the 19 July.
Robust protective measures are in place across schools, including twice weekly testing to protect students and prevent transmission. NHS Test and trace will continue to provide age appropriate advice for testing in schools in the coming months.
Young people and double vaccinated individuals identified as close contacts will continue to be advised to take a PCR test, to detect the virus and variants of concern. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.
For more information on these recent announcements, please see Gov.uk (external site)
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