Exemption of fully vaccinated social care staff from isolation - information for providers

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has agreed that social care staff who are self-isolating can voluntarily return to work when necessary, in extreme cases, if they have had both doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

This includes staff who have been contacted as a close contact of a case of COVID-19 by NHS Test and Protect, or advised to self-isolate by the NHS Scotland COVID app.

The policy will apply when a service is facing extreme pressures due to staff shortages and where there is a significant risk to the health, safety and well-being of service users, residents or staff through the inability to meet an essential service.

The guidance covers:

  • when the policy applies
  • how providers should support staff returning to work
  • additional information and documents to support providers and staff
  • criteria that must be met before staff return to work

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Social care providers and staff in Scotland.

How long does this take?

It will take around 15 minutes to read this guidance.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the guidance.

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