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Changes to self-isolation rules and pregnancy vaccination guidance

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I hope you all enjoyed the festive period and managed a decent break from work.

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government has announced changes to the self-isolation and testing rules. This is to help maximise testing capacity and ensure a speedier start to the process of contact tracing.

The rules apply to new cases from 6 January 2022. Please follow national guidance:

  • Positive cases should isolate for 10 days. However, after day 6, if the individual does not have symptoms or a fever, and returns two consecutive negative Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests taken 24 hours apart, they may end isolation.
  • Close contacts who are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years, can take daily LFD tests for 7 days instead of isolation – provided that the test is negative and they remain without symptoms

Read the latest Scottish Government guidance

How to get vaccinated
Getting vaccinated and following national guidance is the best way you can protect yourself and others. If you haven’t already done so, you can find information on vaccination clinics and drop in centres across Argyll and Bute on the NHS Highland website.

Vaccination and pregnancy
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you can find help and advice about getting vaccinated on the NHS Inform Scotland website

Jaki Lambert, Head of Midwifery at Argyll and Bute HSCP has the following advice:

“One of the most important things you and your partner can do for your baby at the moment is to get the vaccine and booster.

If you are thinking about having a baby, are pregnant or breastfeeding, I’m sure you have given some thought to the COVID-19 vaccine. You can have the vaccine if you are breastfeeding, and it does not affect fertility.

There is so much information to take in when you are pregnant. It’s important that you have access to information you can trust, based on the best evidence available, to help make your decision. If you have any concerns, please talk to your midwife about the vaccine. ”

How to order a Lateral Flow Device test
You can order a free Lateral Flow Test home testing Kit at www.gov.scot/communitytesting.
You can also obtain a kit by phoning the Coronavirus Testing Helpline on 03003032713 or from your local pharmacist.

Please keep yourself and others safe by following national guidance and getting vaccinated if you haven’t already done so.

Read more about Covid advice for staff.

Jane Fowler
Head of Customer Support Services

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