DL 2022 (01) UPDATED 17 JANUARY 2022
The self-isolation exemption guidance for health and social care staff has been updated. The guidance will be updated in due course on this link: Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates
The guidance removes the need for fully vaccinated staff, identified as contacts to PCR test prior to returning to work. They should take an LFD test instead. If the LFD test is negative and provided they don’t have a fever or other symptoms staff can continue to work following a risk assessment by their line manager. They should also continue to take an LFD test every day for a 10 day period.
The guidance also clarifies that staff that test positive should pause their workplace LFD testing for 28 days (from day 1 of symptom onset or asymptomatic test date). If they are also required to PCR test weekly, they should also pause this for a period of 90 days. Please also note that the guidance highlights that the likelihood of a positive LFD test in the absence of a high temperature after 10 days is low, so further testing is not advised, unless they have renewed symptoms.
To support the use of this guidance we will be producing an accompanying flowchart and FAQ document. These will be sent out in the coming days.
Thank you and please get in touch if you have any questions.