Below is the latest the Government's response to COVID-19 in England.
Vaccines remain the best way to protect ourselves and others. Given the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19, the government has launched the Get Boosted Now campaign to encourage people to get a booster shot as soon as they can – anyone over the age of 18 is now able to book a booster.
The government is calling on everyone to support the booster programme to avoid the NHS being overloaded and to keep the economy open.
Businesses can help in the following ways:
- Encouraging employees to get a booster (or first and second jab) and supporting them to do it in the best possible way – this might include giving them time off to get the jab.
- Promoting the booster campaign to their customers/supply chain/stakeholder networks. For example using their websites to promote the booster campaign and using their shop fronts to put up communications materials etc.
- If operationally feasible, releasing staff to help with the volunteer effort, either as healthcare professionals or as general volunteers.
Daily contact testing
From Tuesday 14 December, in England, people who are fully vaccinated and have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 should take an NHS rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days instead of having to isolate.
The move aims to reduce pressures on people’s everyday lives by replacing the requirement for contacts to isolate for 10 days, while protecting the public by identifying asymptomatic cases.
Those who get a positive rapid test or who develop COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test. If that is also positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the day they took the positive rapid test or developed symptoms. If the PCR result comes back negative, people can leave self-isolation but should continue to take rapid tests for the remainder of the 7 days.
Unvaccinated adults are not eligible for this new daily testing policy, they must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone with COVID-19 unless they are eligible for existing workplace daily contact testing.
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