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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – exemption of fully vaccinated social care and care home staff from isolation: information for providers

Published: 26 Jul 2021
Last updated: 7 Sep 2021 - see all updates

Information about the removal of the need for fully vaccinated social care and care home staff to self-isolate in exceptional circumstances.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – exemption of fully vaccinated social care and care home staff from isolation: information for providers
Background

Background

A revised national position came into operation from 9 August 2021 that allows individuals contacted through the Test and Protect system to no longer isolate. This applies if: 

  • they are double vaccinated with the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to exposure to the case
  • have no COVID-19 cardinal symptoms (Coronavirus (COVID-19): General advice | NHS inform)
  • return a negative PCR test taken after exposure to the case

To reflect this change in national guidelines, this document updates the guidance for staff who work in Health and Social Care Services and supersedes the Framework for the Implementation of Isolation Exemptions for Health and Social Care Staff (scot.nhs.uk)  published on 23 July.

This revised policy document sets out the conditions which will enable social care and care home staff who are COVID-19 close contacts to return to work. It is being implemented to provide a simple and consistent approach, which ensures parity with cross-sectoral guidance, whilst recognising that there need to be additional safeguards in place to protect those who use health and care services.


Contact

Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

First published: 26 Jul 2021 Last updated: 7 Sep 2021 -