The Health Secretary has announced today that people who have had both vaccines will no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with a Covid case from 16 August.
Sajid Javid said those who are fully vaccinated will still be urged to get a PCR test “as soon as possible.”
Javid added, “If someone gets their second dose just before, or just after the 16 August, they will need to wait two weeks, after which their second jab will take effect and give them these new freedoms.
“This will allow the vaccine time to build up the maximum possible protection.
“As we make this change, we will be drawing on the huge capacity we’ve built for testing and sequencing and advising that close contacts who are fully vaccinated to take a PCR test as soon as possible so they can get certainty about their condition.
“This new approach means that we can manage the virus in a way that’s proportionate to the pandemic while maintaining the freedoms that are so important to us all.”
On Monday evening Boris Johnson said England will now follow a new system of isolation which is “poportionate to the pandemic” once all restrictions have finished on 19 July.
Johnson said that if people are “told to self-isolate if you test positive or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace.”
The Prime Minister added, the requirements will change for “fully vaccinated contacts of those testing positive and also for children.”
Javid also warned today he expects Covid cases to rise “significantly” which could be as “high as 100,000” a day and on Monday scientists slammed him over his plans to unlock England from the current restrictions which could run riot.