Statement from new Health Secretary on relaxation of isolation rules

The new Health Secretary Sajid Javid has today (6 July) told MPs that:

  • From 16 August, anyone who is a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been fully vaccinated.
  • If someone has had their second dose just before or after 16 August, they will have to wait 2 weeks after which their second jab can take effect to give them these freedoms.
  • This will draw on the huge capacity that the UK has built up for testing and sequencing – close contacts will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to get certainty, and if they test positive they will have to self-isolate whether they have had the jab or not.

Anyone under the age of 18 who is a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate but will be advised about whether they should be tested, and will need to self-isolate only if they test positive. This will also come into force on 16 August ahead of the Autumn term.

Government is also looking at the self-isolation rules for international travel, to remove the need for fully vaccinated arrivals to remove the need to self-isolate when they return from an amber list country – the Transport Secretary will provide an update to the House later this week.