As of 9 August 2021 individuals who are COVID-19 close contacts and are contacted through the Test and Protect system must first self-isolate and obtain a PCR test. If they return a negative PCR there is no longer a need to isolate, if they are double vaccinated with the 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to exposure to the case and have no COVID-19 cardinal symptoms (Coronavirus (COVID-19): General advice | NHS inform)
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 2021.
This revised guidance 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.
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