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England COVID plan ushers in resident booster jabs, plus end to COVID health & safety rules

Additional boosters for all older care home residents and an end to COVID health and safety rules are all part of a new living with COVID plan for England.

As well as additional boosters for older people’s care home residents, from Thursday 24 February, the plan removes the legal requirement to self-isolate for people who test positive for COVID. Instead, until 1 April, such people are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days.

Free symptomatic testing will also remain available to social care staff, although free provision to the public will end.

On 24 March, the Government will also remove the COVID-19 provisions within the Statutory Sick Pay and Employment and Support Allowance regulations.

Health and safety requirements for every employer to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their risk assessments will end on April 1.

  • Second booster jabs will be offered in Scotland to those aged 75 and over and those at highest risk of severe COVID-19 disease following the latest Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice. People should wait at least 24 weeks after their last booster, with the first groups receiving appointments from the second week in March.

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