As of 16 August, fully vaccinated adults in the UK no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days if they’re told they have been in close contact with a person who has Covid. This rule also applies to everyone under the age of 18 years. England allows another six months (and Scotland allows four) after your 18th birthday in order to allow you time to get fully vaccinated.
Additionally in England, you do not have to self-isolate if you:
- are taking part (or have taken part) in an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial
- are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
If you are in any of these categories and you are currently in the middle of a self-isolation period, you do not have to continue.
16-17 year olds
By next week Monday 23 August, all 16-17 year olds will have been offered their first dose of the vaccine so there is some protection before returning to school in September. Vaccination centres are open for walk-ins, with a new online walk-in site finder to help 16 and 17 year olds locate the nearest available centre. However appointments are by invitation only.