From 16 August 2021, people who have been fully vaccinated, (i.e. had two jabs but also having had the last one at least 14 days beforehand), are no longer required to self-isolate if they’ve had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Instead, they’re asked to take a PCR test as soon as possible to check whether they’re infected but otherwise, they will be able to go out and about as usual.
A close contact means:
- Having face-to-face contact with someone at a distance of less than 1 metre.
- Spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of an individual.
- Travelling in a car or other small vehicle with an individual, or in close proximity to an individual on a plane.
Anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a positive case will now no longer have to self-isolate, providing they are:
- Fully vaccinated (both first and second jabs with the second one being done at least 14 days beforehand).
- Not displaying any symptoms.
Under 18s – regardless of vaccination status – is the second group of people who will no longer be required to self-isolate if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive case.
Individuals still required to self-isolate should they be identified as a close contact are people who have:
- NOT received their Covid-19 vaccination.
- NOT received both doses of the vaccination.
- RECEIVED their second dose but only within the last 14 days.
- TESTED POSITIVE following a PCR test.
- BEEN FULLY VACCINATED BUT are displaying symptoms (ahead of getting a PCR test).
The third group of people who can stop self-isolating are those who have been previously identified as a close contact and are part way through an existing isolate period and would qualify for the criteria above.
Following these changes, all close contacts regardless of vaccination status, including those under 18, are being advised to take a PCR test, which can be booked here.
Those who are fully vaccinated will only be required to self-isolate if they also receive a positive PCR test.
There are, however, exemptions from the need to be fully vaccinated in order to not self-isolate. These include:
- Clinical trial participants who have been, or are currently, taking part in an MRHA approved Covid-19 vaccine trial.
- Those who can provide evidence that they cannot be vaccinated for medical
A free PCR test can be arranged online: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
Please use this link here for an FAQ about self-isolation at the bottom of the page: https://www.stockportccg.nhs.uk/news/rules-around-self-isolation-have-changed-from-16-august/
For further information see NHS website or the Government website