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Double jabbed no longer required to self isolate

As of this week (16th August) people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

With 75% of people having received both doses of the vaccine, the majority of adults will no longer need to self-isolate if they are contacts.

The following groups of people identified as close contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate. If their self-isolation period began before 16 August and was due to end after 16 August, they will be able to leave self-isolation on 16 August:

  • double-vaccinated adults: those who received their final dose of an MHRA-approved vaccine in the UK vaccination programme at least 14 days prior to contact with a positive case
  • children and young people: those under the age of 18 years. Those turning 18 will be treated in the same way as children until the age of 18 years and 6 months, to allow them time to get vaccinated
  • clinical trial participants: those who have taken part in – or are currently taking part in – an MHRA-approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. Those who received their final dose of an MHRA-approved vaccine in the UK vaccination programme, at least 14 days prior to contact with a positive case.
  • medical exemptions: those who can evidence that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
  • as with double vaccinated adults, children under 5 who are close contacts of a positive case will instead be advised to take a PCR test. If the PCR test is positive they will need to self-isolate, as any other positive case
  • children who are aged under 5 years old who are identified as close contacts would only be advised to take a PCR test if the positive case is in their own household

For more guidance, visit Gov.uk.


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