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Get vaccinated so you don’t have to isolate, says Essex Director of Public Health

Health / Fri 13th Aug 2021 at 11:22am

Dr Mike Gogarty, Essex Director of Public Health, outlines changes to self-isolation rules which take place on Monday.

FROM Monday 16 August, you won’t need to self-isolate if you’re fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. 

The rule change applies to adults who have had both jabs at least 14 days before the contact, and to under 18-year-olds.

This is another good reason to get vaccinated, says Essex Director of Public Health, Dr Mike Gogarty.

“The vaccine is the best defence against Covid-19 and is helping us to get back to the things we love. Now there’s another good reason to take it: if you get vaccinated you won’t have to isolate,” he said.

“You can continue to work and meet people but please, still be careful. The vaccine is safe and effective: it massively reduces your risk of illness or death. But you could still have caught Covid-19 and be infectious without knowing. If you are a contact, to keep Covid in check, observe social distancing wherever you can, keep washing your hands, and cover your face. You may wish to think twice about meeting vulnerable people if you know you are a contact of a case.”

Dr Gogarty added, “It is still important to test yourself regularly and you need to do a PCR test if you are identified as a contact, so you know if you have actually caught Covid-19 with or without symptoms.”

You will not have to self-isolate while you wait for the results of a PCR test.

The Government has changed the law as part of its Covid-19 roadmap, because 75% of the UK population are double jabbed.The latest data from Public Health England and Cambridge University shows that around 60,000 deaths, 22 million infections and 66,900 hospitalisations have been prevented by the vaccines.

In Essex 83% of eligible residents – more than one million – have had their first dose and 70% are double jabbed. The number of new cases per week has dropped by 77% from the December 2020 peak and hospitalisations are down 91%. 

Other changes from Monday 16 August 

  • Double vaccinated health and care workers who are close contacts of cases will be able to routinely return to work, provided they have had a negative PCR test. They’ll need to take daily LFD tests for 10 days as a precaution.
  • Staff working with clinically extremely vulnerable patients or service users will need a workplace risk assessment before they return to work.
  • The workplace daily contact testing scheme will continue. Testing sites will offer daily testing as an alternative to self-isolation for close contacts who are not double jabbed.
  • The NHS Covid-19 app will be updated to reflect the changes.
  • If you’re called by NHS Test and Trace and told you are a contact, you’ll be asked your age and vaccination status
  • If you’re using the Covid-19 app you’ll be asked to self-declare your age and vaccination status.
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2 Comments for Get vaccinated so you don’t have to isolate, says Essex Director of Public Health:

Kevin Rowley
2021-08-13 13:02:31

So let me ask some questions Please let’s keep it simple yes or no answers only please! Can you still get COVID-19 after both vaccines? Can you still pass it on when you have had both vaccines? Are COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use only under FDA’S rules? Is there the normal long term studies for Covid 19 that all vaccines had prior to Covid 19?

Ray
2021-08-14 01:25:31

ye but no but

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