On the 16th August 2021, Government guidance regarding self-isolation of those identified as close contacts or household contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases changed.
From 16th August 2021…
You are no longer required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19 or live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 if:
- You have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the contact
- You are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- You are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
NHS Test and Trace will still contact close contacts to advise you of what to do and establish if you will be legally required to self-isolate.
Being fully vaccinated does not stop you from being infected with COVID-19 or spreading it to others. Close contacts are advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you do not have symptoms.
If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace you should also consider;
- Limiting close contact with other people, especially in enclosed spaces
- Wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and when you are unable to maintain social distancing
- Limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
- Taking part in twice-weekly lateral flow testing
If you develop symptoms at any time, even if they are only mild you must self-isolate immediately and arrange to take a PCR test.
Don’t forget that Coronavirus is still a workplace hazard and employers and employees alike should take self-isolation seriously and ensure risks are managed to keep everyone safe. View our Coronavirus page for more updates and information. Customers can find more Coronavirus information on the MyTHSP portal and view the Risk Assessment Builder.