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Vaccinated close contacts will not have to self-isolate in England from August 16th

Restrictions for fully vaccinated people in England who are deemed close contacts of a confirmed Covid-19 case will ease in England from August 16th.

Those who are fully vaccinated and those under 18-years-old will not have to isolate for 10 days.

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“As we make this change we will be drawing on the huge capacity we have built for testing and sequencing and advising close contacts who are fully vaccinated to take a PCR test as soon as possible so they can get certainty about their condition,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said.

“This new approach means that we can manage the virus in a way that is proportionate to the pandemic while maintaining the freedoms that are so important to us all,” he continued.

“Anyone under the age of 18 who is a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate,” he said.

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“Instead they will be given advice about whether they should get tested, dependent on their age, and will need to self-isolate only if they test positive.”

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