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Updates to rules around self-isolation

The Government rules for self-isolation changed on 16 August 2021. If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive (this includes people you are living with), you are at risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19. This means you should self-isolate unless you are exempt for the following reasons:

  • you are fully vaccinated
  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

“Fully vaccinated” means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. You may be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible through NHS testing routes, such as ordering a home delivery test kit or booking a test at a test centre - 

You should notify your line manager and discuss work arrangements with them. Your manager may advise you to work at home during the ten day period after you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, where this is possible. Where your role requires you to work on campus, and you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, then you should attend work but ensure that you wear a face covering and limit contact with others where possible. In addition to taking an NHS PCR test, you are also advised to take an LFD test each time you come to work on campus. If you require further guidance, then please speak to your line manager.