The rules on self-isolation for close contacts have changed.
This means you no longer have to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has Coronavirus if:
- You have completed both doses of the Coronavirus vaccine 14 days before your contact took place
- You have taken part in a vaccine trial
- You can provide evidence on why you can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons
- You are under the age of 18
If you are currently self-isolating but meet one of the above exemption criteria, you will no longer have to do this from 16 August. That is unless you are experiencing symptoms, whereby you must continue to complete your self-isolation period.
- Contacts who are not required to self-isolate from 16 August – GOV.UK website
Do I need to take a test if I meet the exemption criteria?
All close contacts are still advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible however, and you must legally still self-isolate if you test positive, regardless of vaccination status or age. Any close contact who develops symptoms should self-isolate, get a PCR test, and remain in isolation until the result comes back to determine whether you must continue to self-isolate.
It is also important for you to continue with regular Coronavirus testing even if you are exempt from close contact self-isolation and are showing no symptoms, as you may still have Coronavirus and be spreading it without knowing.
For more information on where you can get tested, please visit:
What if I am a health or care worker?
As of Monday 16 August, most double vaccinated health and social care staff who are close contacts of cases will be able to routinely return to work, provided they have had a negative PCR test. Daily LFD tests will need to be taken for 10 days as a precaution.
Staff working with clinically extremely vulnerable patients or service users will need a risk assessment to be carried out by a designated person in the workplace before they return to work.
We offer a range of support for people who need to self-isolate in Oldham.
This includes our Emergency Helpline on 0161 770 7007, which is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
There is also a host of other emergency support available, including access to medical supplies – Coronavirus Helpline
If you need to self-isolate, you may also be eligible for a self-isolation payment of £500.