From 19 July, NHS and Social Care workers that have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by an MHRA approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to being pinged by the NHS Covid-19 app or contacted by NHS Test and Trace will be able to continue working. However, they are only allowed to continue working if they have a daily negative Covid-19 test.
What are the rules?
For the period that they have been told to self-isolate, health and care workers must have a negative PCR test and must remain in self-isolation until they receive the result of the test. If the result of the test is negative then they can leave self-isolation for work only. Following this, workers will need to take a lateral flow test before starting work each day for at least seven days and can only attend work if the test is negative. Staff that are working during their 10-day isolation period will need to comply with infection control precautions and wear PPE throughout the day. If any symptoms start to develop then this member of staff should immediately return home and arrange another PCR test.
The government has said that each individual case must be reviewed by the organisation’s management and a risk assessment must be undertaken before allowing any workers that have been contacted to self-isolate to continue working. Any decision that is made must be authorised by either:
- The care organisation’s local director of infection prevention and control.
- The lead professional for health protection
- The director of public health relevant to the organisation
The government has made this decision in order to attempt to lift staffing pressure on social care and the NHS.
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