Exemption from COVID-19 Contact Isolation for fully vaccinated health and social care staff in exceptional circumstances

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In exceptional circumstances, some fully vaccinated health and social care staff may be able to be exempted from isolation following potential contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The local risk assessment framework should be used to help managers and staff members consider the risks of COVID-19 transmission compared to the risk to delivery of critical services due to staff absence.

If working with clinically vulnerable people, the decision is subject to a risk assessment by an individual(s) nominated by the organisation’s management, following local risk assessment criteria. The organisation should nominate registered managers whom they feel are able to make such a decision based on a balance of risk to the service against risk of any consequences that should arise (for example, that onward infection does occur despite the precautions).

  1. Member of staff completes the checklist. Member of staff does not attend the workplace at this stage
  2. Member of staff discusses the situation and checklist with their manager
  3. The manager carries out the risk assessment. The manager may seek advice from the Health Protection Team or other colleagues where relevant (for example, brokerage team for care homes)
  4. The responsible decision maker makes a decision based on the risk assessment. In doing so, they are taking responsibility for this, and any consequences that should arise from it

For complex cases please contact the Health Protection Team to discuss.

Page updated: 26/07/2021 Page updated by: GCC

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