Update for staff and doctoral researchers - 16 August 2021
Dear Colleagues and Doctoral Researchers,
From today (16 August) those who have received both doses of the Covid vaccine, with at least 14 days having elapsed since the second dose, will no longer need to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with Covid. Those under 18 will also be exempt from self-isolation if they are a close contact.
Instead, anyone who is double vaccinated and/or under 18 will be asked to take a PCR test. Staff, Doctoral Researchers and students can book this through the University’s Connect and Protect service. If your PCR test is positive, you must still self-isolate, irrespective of your vaccination status or age.
If you have not had both vaccinations, you will still have to self-isolate for 10 days if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
Whilst the vaccination programme is having a clear effect, Covid case numbers are still high locally and nationally. To minimise the risk of outbreaks on our campuses, for now we will continue to retain many of the measures that are currently in place until rates recede.
This means that you will still be required to wear face coverings in most buildings when moving around, in line with our face covering policy, and you should still socially distance in any public areas on campus. You must also continue to have at least one test each week when working on campus.