The guidance which developed by the UKHSA includes the following points:
‘Staff members notified that they are a contact of a Covid-19 case [wearing PPE at the time of contact exempts the individual from following this protocol] are not required to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated’ [defined by being at least 2 weeks following receiving their 2nd covid vaccination].
‘[However,] they should inform their line manager or employer immediately if they are required to work in the 10 days following their last contact with a Covid-19 case.’
They must ‘immediately’ arrange to have a PCR and test negative before returning to work, then take daily LFT antigen tests for 10 days ‘following their last contact with the case, even on days they are not at work’.
Those who have had a Covid infection in the past 90 days ‘should not have a PCR test and should only undertake daily LFD antigen tests’.
If they develop Covid symptoms or have a positive LFD result during this period, they should stay at home or return home and arrange to have a PCR test ‘as soon as possible’.
‘If any of the above cannot be met, the staff member should not come to work and should follow the stay at home guidance for the full 10-day period.’
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated healthcare workers identified as a contact of a case must self-isolate unless exempt due to being under 18, medically unable to be vaccinated or part of a Covid vaccine clinical trial.
Those who are unvaccinated and exempt from self-isolation in the community ‘should not attend work or should be redeployed for the period of time they would be required to self-isolate’.
If they develop symptoms of Covid-19 during this period, they should stay at home or return home and arrange to have a PCR test ‘as soon as possible’.