Fully-vaccinated people will no longer have to self-isolate if they come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID, the Health and Social Care Secretary has suggested.
Sajid Javid told BBC Breakfast this morning that he would detail the plans in Parliament later today, but hinted that self-isolation rules for those who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be relaxed.
He said: “We will have a more proportionate system of test, trace and isolate and it is absolutely right that those that have been double jabbed, that we can take a different approach than the one we can take today.
“In terms of what we will be doing exactly, we’ll have to wait for my statement in Parliament later today.”
When asked to confirm whether the government will make a differentiation between those who have had two jabs and those who haven’t, he answered: “yes”.
Meanwhile, England’s schools will find out later how the government plans to relax self-isolation rules for children.
This is expected to impact care staff whose children, under current rules, would be sent home if a pupil in their class or bubble has been tested positive for COVID.
And the Prime Minister told the nation yesterday that it will no longer be a legal requirement to wear face coverings in any setting, including on public transport – although he advised this as a voluntary measure for crowded and enclosed spaces.