Fully vaccinated direct contacts of people with covid will no longer have to isolate for 10 days, the Government has announced.
The new rule, which comes into force immediately, will see anyone that have had both jabs of the covid vaccine allowed to leave isolation after a single negative test.
They will, however, have to have follow-up tests on Days 5 and 10.
The same isolation rules will also apply to anyone identified as a direct contact in travel-related circumstances.
Ministers have agreed to relax the isolation policy for fully vaccinated direct contacts with immediate effect. This means anyone in isolation who is fully vaccinated can leave isolation after their first negative test result.— Government of Jersey (@GovJersey) June 23, 2021
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Healthcare workers identified as direct contacts will also be able to leave isolation after a single negative test, but will be subject to daily follow-up tests until day 10.
In all cases, the individual must isolate immediately if they develop covid symptoms.
Anyone not fully vaccinated will still have to isolate for 10 days, undergoing three covid tests.
Given the current high numbers of children having to isolate and learn from home after being named direct contacts, Public Health is currently considering a different set of rules for children, which will be put before Ministers next week. The Government has declined to confirm what options it is looking at, but says it is weighing up the risk of covid infection and its potential long-term impact with mental health concerns.
Nine schoolchildren are currently confirmed to have the virus, and three early years children.
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