Torbay Covid update 17/8/2021
From Monday 16th August self-isolation rules for contacts are changing share icon
What is changing?
- It is no longer a legal requirement for people who are fully vaccinated to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19.
- Contacts are strongly advised to take a PCR test and to limit social contact.
- Anyone with symptoms is still advised to self-isolate and get a PCR test as soon as possible.
Fully vaccinated means:
- People who have been vaccinated with an approved vaccine in the UK
- There were 14 days between the final dose of the vaccine and last contact with the case.
Other groups who are exempt from isolation if they are a contact:
- Children and young adults under 18 years and 6 months
- People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons
- Contacts who are fully vaccinated or otherwise exempt will be advised to take a PCR test and limit social contact but will not be required to self-isolate whilst waiting for results of their PCR test.
- Under 5s will only be required to take a PCR test if they were in contact with a case in their own household.
- Those who are not fully vaccinated and are not exempt will still be required to take a PCR test and isolate for 10 days from their most recent contact with a positive case.
- If you are in isolation on the 16 August and fully vaccinated, you can stop isolation from 16 August.