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Self-isolation changes for double vaccinated people

17 August 2021

The government has announced changes to COVID-19 self-isolation rules. Anyone who has received both vaccinations, will no longer have to isolate if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. This applies to adults who have had both jabs at least 14 days before the contact, and to under 18 year olds.

The new rules mean people can get back to the things they love. At present, 75% of the UK population are double jabbed, with over 122,000 people in Richmond upon Thames receiving both doses.

The vaccine is the best defence against COVID-19. It is safe and effective and reduces risk of illness or death. However, residents should stay vigilant, even if they are fully vaccinated. This is even more important if they have had contact with someone who has tested positive.

Observing social distancing, washing hands regularly and using face coverings will help to keep COVID in check. Thinking twice about meeting vulnerable people, if you know you are a contact of a case is also advised.

Testing is also still important, especially for those identified as a contact. You will not have to self-isolate while you wait for the results of a PCR test. The government has also made a number of other changes.

Double vaccinated health and care workers, who are close contacts of cases, will be able to routinely return to work, provided they have had a negative PCR test. They will need to take daily LFD tests for 10 days as a precaution.

In addition, staff working with clinically extremely vulnerable patients or service users will need a workplace risk assessment before they return to work.

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

"COVID-19 continues to be prevalent within our communities. While the isolation guidance changes, we should all continue to take steps to protect ourselves by remembering hands, face space and fresh air.

"Regular lateral flow testing continues to be important, as one in three people with COVID do not have symptoms even if fully vaccinated. Testing helps to identify positive cases and we encourage everyone to continue to test every three to four days.

"All over 16s are now able to get their vaccine both doses of the vaccine are needed for the best protection against the virus. You can also demonstrate that you have received your vaccine through the NHS COVID pass, available as part of the NHS app; this can be useful when you’re going on holiday or attending large events.

"We've come so far together, let's continue to do the right thing to keep each other safe."

Find more information on self-isolation rules.

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Up to: August 2021

Updated: 17 August 2021