Self-isolation period reduced

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FULLY VACCINATED symptom-free Islanders can now come out of self-isolation after five full days – provided they test negative on two lateral tests taken 24 hours apart.

Any fully jabbed people testing positive for the virus previously had to quarantine for at least seven days.

The government says the decision has been taken following advice given by public health in consultation with the Scientific Technical Analytical Cell. Anyone currently isolating is due to be contacted by the Contact Tracing Service about the changes.

Meanwhile, those who are not fully vaccinated can now leave isolation from day seven – provided they are symptom free and have tested negative. They must also test negative on two lateral flow tests taken 24 hours apart.

Deputy medical officer of health Dr Ivan Muscat said: ‘Current evidence shows that viral infection reduces quicker in those who are fully vaccinated, and the risk of spreading the virus to others is highest at the start of infection or just after the onset of infection.

‘Therefore, it is appropriate that fully vaccinated Islanders are able to start testing themselves from day five whereas those who are not fully vaccinated may start testing themselves from day seven.

He added: ‘If you have not yet had your first vaccination, it is not too late, your vaccine is waiting for you. Walk-ins are available until the end of this month, so you can get your first, second or booster dose at the Vaccination Centre without a booked appointment.’

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