Latest covid-19 updates summary
Furlough scheme comes to an end – 30 September 2021
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has ended from 30 September 2021. Claims for September must be submitted by 14 October 2021 and any amendments must be made by 28 October 2021.
International travel changes from 4 October 2021
New clearer travel arrangements for the international travel from the UK will come into effect on Monday 4 October. Essentially there will be a travel red list, and everywhere else will be green. The government is more confident with this plan going forward due to the vaccine rollout success. More simplified testing will be in place for the fully vaccinated, to help reduce current high costs for testing before travel, and open up the travel industry. The non-fully vaccinated, will still have to take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days upon their return from a non-red list country under the new two-tiered travel programme.
Vaccinations for high school-age children – 20 September
The vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength and a vaccine will now be offered to all teenagers aged 12-15 years old. This will hopefully make the current school term safer from September. There are several vaccination centres in Camden accepting walk-ins. The fully vaccinated have also been permitted to no longer self-isolate if contact has been made with a positive case. A PCR test is advised to better protect everyone but is not mandatory.
Winter Plan to tackle Covid-19 – 14 September
The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has set out a plan for covid this winter, to ensure the NHS doesn’t become overwhelmed, and we can ideally avoid a winter lockdown.
Plan A focusses on testing, isolating and vaccinating, as we are now
Plan B will come into effect if the NHS comes under “unsustainable pressure”, includes enforcing measures such as mandatory face coverings.
Next steps are to encourage the unvaccinated to get jabbed, start vaccination programme for the 12-15 year olds and begin a booster programme for the over 50s and most vulnerable.
Self-isolation update – 16 August 2021
Fully vaccinated adults in the UK no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days if they’re told they have been in close contact with a person who has Covid. This rule also applies to everyone under the age of 18 years. England allows another six months (and Scotland allows four) after your 18th birthday in order to allow you time to get fully vaccinated.
Additionally in England, you do not have to self-isolate if you:
- are taking part (or have taken part) in an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial
- are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
If you are in any of these categories and you are currently in the middle of a self-isolation period, you do not have to continue.