Changes to self-isolation guidance

From Monday 16 August, double jabbed individuals and under 18s no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Those identified as close contacts will still be advised to take a PCR test, which can be booked on the government website or by calling 119.

Anyone under 18 who has been identified as a close contact will receive advice on whether they need to get tested or not. When getting a PCR test, you will not need to isolate between getting a test and receiving the result but the advice would be to minimise social contact and wear face coverings in the meantime.

You are classed as being fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the vaccine. If you’ve not received your vaccine yet it’s not too late.

The NHS COVID-19 app will also update in line with the new guidance, so if you are pinged by the app but have been fully vaccinated you will not need to self-isolate.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will still need to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case.

Despite these changes the pandemic is not over and the virus is still with us. Please do what you can to protect yourself and others in Bristol.

If you’d like any information on COVID-19 in Bristol or want to know anything about it, head to our Coronavirus Updates page.

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