coronavirus National News

Changes to Self Isolation Guidance

Changes introduced this week mean fewer restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated . People over 18 in England who have had two Covid-19 vaccine doses, at least 14 days before contact with a positive case, do not now have to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case.

Instead, they are advised to take a PCR test (NOT a lateral flow test). If the PCR test is positive, they will need to self-isolate, as in any other positive case. Anyone under 18 who has been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case will also no longer need to self-isolate. Instead, they will be given advice about whether to get tested, depending on their age. Latest update is here . Anyone in contact with someone who has tested positive is still advised to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and to limit their contact with others, especially the clinically vulnerable.

Vaccination, Fertility and Pregnancy

You can be vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID- 19) if you’re aged 16 or over and:

  • you’re pregnant or think you might be
  • you’re breastfeeding
  • you’re trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future

Claims about Covid-19 vaccines, fertility and miscarriages are still circulating online, despite not being supported by evidence. Doctors are extremely cautious about what they recommend during pregnancy, so the original advice was to avoid the jab. But now, so much safety data has become available that this advice has changed and the vaccine is now actively encouraged (as getting infected with Covid-19 itself can put a pregnancy at risk).

The latest data on the virus can be found here