People with double vaccine jabs could be spared 10-day isolation after coming into contact with virus

People who have has two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine may not have to isolate for 10 days when they come into contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with the virus, according to a leading academic.

Linda Bauld professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh said those who have had two Covid-19 jabs and come into contact with someone infected with the virus may soon be spared 10 days of self-isolating.

She told Times Radio: "It's already in place in the US. The Centre for Disease Control changed their guidance a while ago to say that people who had had both doses of the vaccine and about 10-14 days after the second dose didn't have to self-isolate, so I think we are moving in that direction."

She added: "As we've heard repeatedly from Chris Whitty and others, this virus isn't going to disappear.

People with double vaccine jabs could be spared 10-day isolation after coming into contact with virus

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"We're going to have to live alongside it, means we are going to have infections in future, so being a contact of someone infected will always be a possibility."

Prof Bauld said there will be discussions on moving away from large numbers of children self-isolating and instead carrying out regular testing.

She had been asked if she thinks any move away from 10 days of self-isolation for people who are double vaccinated could be the Government's way of getting out of properly supporting those who are self-isolating.

Prof Bauld told Times Radio: "I hadn't actually thought of it that way to be perfectly frank, is this a sort of a reason not to support self-isolation, that may be part of it.

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"I think it's more that as we move ahead and learn to live alongside this virus we have to recognise, not just for adults actually around self-isolation, but there will also be a debate, I think, about school pupils and whether we could offer regular testing as an alternative to large groups of children having to stay at home and not have face-to-face education, which of course has been happening quite a bit as infection rates rise and it's really unfortunate and should be avoidable."

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