COVID-19: People who have had both injections may no longer need to self-quarantine

COVID-19: People who have had both injections may no longer need to self-quarantine

The government “is considering” removing quarantine requirements for those who have received both doses of the vaccine.

Downing Street has said it is seeking to drop all legal self-isolation measures for fully vaccinated people who come into contact with an infected person “in the post-Stage 4 world.”

Ministers had previously considered replacing self-isolation with daily testing based on the results of a number of ongoing pilot projects.

But officials confirmed over the weekend that further consideration is underway to make the testing requirement advisory rather than mandatory for those who have had two jabs.

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If approved, the plan will not go into effect on July 19, “Freedom Day,” sources indicating the timeline would be “much later” than the date scheduled for all restrictions to end.

This is likely to meet with opposition given the disruption isolation can cause over the summer as cases increase.

Several different proposals are said to be under consideration without any final decision having yet been taken.

Plans to allow doubly vaccinated people to avoid quarantine when returning from Amber List countries are also under consideration with an announcement of the plan expected next week.

A science adviser said the problems associated with allowing people who have both jabs to be exempted “outweigh the potential benefits” and warned that it could cause “resentment”.

Professor Robert West, a health psychologist who is a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviors (SPI-B), told Times Radio: “The biggest problem is if you find yourself in a situation where not everyone is ‘ve not even received the vaccine then you clearly already have a huge injustice.

“When you feel injustice in situations like this you feel resentment and when you feel resentment you can lose conformity. “

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Booster injections “will keep the virus at bay”

But his claim has been challenged by other medical experts, who have said it would be “perfectly acceptable” to allow those who are fully vaccinated more freedoms.

Dr Bharat Pankhania, senior lecturer in communicable diseases at the University of Exeter, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that vaccines are breaking the link between cases, hospitalizations and deaths, meaning that “We can start to think about other decoupling measures, such as no need to quarantine after being fully vaccinated.”

Professor epidemiologist Christophe Fraser, who advised the Department of Health on testing and traceability, said a “halfway” proposal could be that those who received both injections be tested daily instead. to undertake a period of quarantine.

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The Oxford University scholar said he agreed that the self-isolation policy “needs to be reviewed in light of the data on the effectiveness of the vaccine.”

The debate over additional rights for those who have been vaccinated takes place against a backdrop of an “alarming” increase in COVID-19 cases in England.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that around one in 260 people in private households in England had COVID in the week to June 26 – up from one in 440 the previous week and the level on highest since the week to February 27.

The increase has led leading doctors to urge the government to maintain certain restrictions in England after July 19 in a bid to stem the rate of infection.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said maintaining some protective measures was “crucial” to halt the spiraling number of cases having a “devastating impact” on people’s health, the NHS, the economy and the education.


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