People who have had both Covid jabs will no longer need to go into isolation if they come into contact with infected people after Freedom Day, it’s been reported.
The Government is said to be dropping quarantine requirements for anyone who is fully vaccinated.
The change will come into place after so-called Freedom Day – July 19 – when most remaining pandemic restrictions are expected to be lifted.
The Mirror reports how the rule change will only apply to those who’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and not those who have only had one.
At the moment anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has the virus is required to go into isolation for 10 days – regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated.
But all that is set to change from July 19 onwards, according to The Times, which reports that ministers are planning to scrap all legal restrictions for fully vaccinated people.
The newspaper says that, on Monday, the Covid operations committee are expected to sign off on a plan which states the fully vaccinated will be “advised” to take daily tests after a close contact from next month, but not be required to do so.
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It comes as the Government looks to move away from enforcement and urge people to take more personal responsibility, as remaining restrictions on social contact are due to be lifted on July 19.
Estimates suggest that cases will increase by up to 26 per cent under the plans, but the government is reportedly prepared to accept the risk and avoid further disruption to schools and businesses.
The British Medical Association (BMA) said that keeping some protective measures in place was “crucial” to stop spiralling case numbers having a “devastating impact” on people’s health, the NHS, the economy and education.
Cases numbers continue to rise, due to the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, but public health experts say the vaccine roll out has weakened the link between infections and deaths.
The latest Government figures show 157,675 people in the UK tested positive for the virus over the last seven days – 67,164 more than the previous week – and 123 have died within 28 days of a positive test.
According to the data, 1,825 were admitted to hospital in the week ending June 28 – that’s 259 more than the previous week.
But 85.5 per cent of UK adults (45,013,503) have had one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 63.1% (33,241,2) have been fully vaccinated.
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