From 16 August 2021, individuals who have had both Covid vaccinations no longer required to self-isolate

06 July 2021

It has been confirmed that, as of 16 August 2021, individuals in England who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to self-isolate where a close contact tests positive for Covid.

This will also apply to anyone under the age of 18 from the same date.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid, however, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or of their age, will still be required to self-isolate.

At present, anyone who is identified as a close contact of a confirmed Covid case must self-isolate for up to ten full days.  

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, said:

"From 16 August when even more people will have the protection of both doses, and when modelling suggests the risks from the virus will be even lower, anyone who's a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been fully vaccinated.

If someone gets their second dose just before or just after 16 August, they'll need to wait two weeks, after which their second jab can take effect and give them these new freedoms."

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