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Self-isolation in UK to be eased for fully vaccinated adults from August 16

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Photo: UK government

London, July 7 (MNN) 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 from August 16 as part of Step 4 of the government’s COVID-19 roadmap, UK Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has said.

To ensure young people can make the most of their education as restrictions continue to ease, the government also plans to exempt those aged under 18 from self-isolation if they are a close contact.

The new rules come into effect from August 16, if the UK government takes a decision to move into Step 4, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Tuesday (local time).

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.

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.

The success of the UK’s vaccine programme – with over 86 per cent of adults receiving their first doses – has allowed the government to continue easing restrictions and to remove self-isolation rules for double jabbed people, and move from a rules-based system to personal responsibility.

The latest data shows that 27,000 lives have already been saved by COVID-19 vaccines and over 7 million infections prevented, with vaccines reducing the chance of COVID-19 infection by almost 80 per cent after two doses and only 35 per cent after one.

As of July 6, over 79 million vaccine doses have now been administered in the UK, and three in five adults have received two doses.

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