Brits who have had both vaccine doses won’t have to self-isolate if they come into close contact with someone who has Covid-19 from July 19, according to reports.
Under current rules, anyone alerted by the Test and Trace system that they’ve been near someone who has tested positive must stay at home for 10 days by law.
But ministers are set to scrap the rule for fully vaccinated people following a successful pilot scheme that has been running since April.
Instead, these people will have to take 20-minute lateral flow tests every day for the same period of time.
Anyone who tests negative would be free to leave their home that day, helping more and more people get back to life as normal, the Sun reports.
The Government is also planning to allow fully vaccinated travellers coming from amber-list countries to skip quarantine rules when they arrive in Britain.
It would be a huge boost for the struggling travel sector, but Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said the change is unlikely to happen during the school summer holidays.
He said the policy is ‘complicated’ and that it will ‘require time’ to form a full plan to allow double-jabbed travellers to skip quarantine.
Replying to an urgent question from Labour, he told the Commons: ‘This is a complicated policy that requires time to work through.
‘First, the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations has yet to opine on whether children should be part of the vaccination programme – they’re not at present and we must resolve how children would therefore be treated under a programme which enables people to travel.
‘Next there’s the question of what to do for people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or perhaps because they’re on one of the vaccine trials. That accounts for about half a million people and we need to work out what to do there.
‘There’s also the question of how to recognise vaccine status at ports and airports – easier for people who have been vaccinated in the UK, the main NHS app can already display your vaccine status, but less easy to prove from someone coming from overseas, particularly if they have paper-based systems.
‘As a result of all of this we will announce to the House when we’re ready to make these decisions in order to bring this system into place, phased most likely for UK residents first.’
Ministers are also set to shelve plans for ‘Covid passports’ at music festivals, sports events and other mass gatherings after restrictions are lifted on July 19.
However, organisers will be free to operate their schemes, with the Premier League expected to introduce a vaccine certification system.
A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘Cabinet agreed that once we have completed the road map, we will be able to live with Covid in the future – even if cases continue to rise – thanks to the protections provided by the vaccine.’
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