Garage staffing to see improvement following double-jab close contact rule changes?

Published:  16 August, 2021

Garages should see staff shortages due to self-isolation requirements start to lessen from today, due to COVID-19 rule changes that include those who have received two doses of as vaccine no longer being required to self-isolate if they have been identified as having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

The rule change that comes into force today (Monday 16 August) was announced in July as part of step four of the government’s COVID-19 roadmap. Updates will also be made to the COVID-19 app to sync up with the changed requirements. App users identified as a close contact who confirm that they are double vaccinated or under 18 will not need to self-isolate and will be given advice to book a PCR test. If someone is called by NHS Test and Trace and told they are a contact, they will be asked their age and their vaccination status. If using the NHS COVID-19 app, people will be asked to self-declare if they are under 18 or double vaccinated.

However, double- people are still at risk of being infected, so people are still advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces. They will also not be required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of the PCR test.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We can take another huge step back towards our normal lives by removing self-isolation requirements for double-jabbed people who are contacts of people with COVID-19. Double-jabbed people who test positive will still need to self-isolate.”

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