By Rachael Grealish
Fully vaccinated adults in England will no longer have to self isolate if they come in contact with a COVID-positive person from August 16, the Health Secretary has confirmed.
Speaking from the House of Commons today, Tuesday July 6, Sajid Javid has announced the government will take a ‘risk-based approach’ to the issue of self-isolating after seeing the data on the protection afforded by the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Health Secretary said the latest data shows the vaccination programme has saved over 27,000 lives and prevented over seven million people from getting COVID-19.
Data also suggest the vaccine reduce symptomatic infection by 80 percent.
Javid said: “That protective wall means the odds have shifted in our favour and means we can look afresh at many of the measures we’ve had to put in place ad this is especially important when two thirds of adults, 64 percent, have had both doses of a vaccine so have the maximum protection the vaccine can offer.
“As a result we will soon be able to take a risk-based approach that recognises the huge benefits the vaccine provides to people who get the jab and their loved ones too.”
With this he confirmed from August 16 any who is a close contact of a positive vase will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been fully vaccinated.
“If someone gets their second dose just before or just after the August 16 they must wait two weeks for their second jab to take effect and give them these new freedoms,” he continued, “This will allow the vaccine to build the maximum possible protection those two weeks.”
Fully vaccinated people will need to take a PCR test as soon as possible so they can have certainty and anyone who does test positive will still have to self isolate – as per the rules set out in the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 lockdown roadmap, he set out for Step 4 on July 19, yesterday.
Along with this Javid addressed the concern of young people who are not vaccinated but end up missing school due to being told to self isolate.
Also, as of August 16 children under the age of 18 will no longer have to self isolate if they’re a close contact of a positive case in order to ‘protect life experiences’ of young people – they must also take a PCR test and will have to self isolate if they test positive.
Self isolation following return from an amber list country will also be addressed, the Health Sec confirmed.