From 16 August 2021, people who are fully vaccinated and who are identified as contacts of someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus will no longer be required to self-isolate. This will mean that fully vaccinated contacts are ineligible for the Test and Trace Support payments from 16 August 2021 unless they themselves test positive, at which point they would become eligible to claim.
Also from this date, anyone under 18 who is a contact of someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus will also be exempt from having to self-isolate. This will mean that most parents and guardians will be ineligible for Test and Trace Support payments if their child is identified as a contact, as the child will no longer be required to self-isolate. As children who have tested positive will still be required to self-isolate, their parents and guardians may still be eligible for a payment regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated as they may need to stay at home and look after their child.
Some people aged 18-25 with an Education, Health and Care plan will still be required to self-isolate if they are not fully vaccinated. Their parent or guardian may be eligible to claim a Test and Trace Support payment if they need to stay at home to look after them.
Financial support for those who are self-isolating
Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of Covid-19, a Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes are able to self-isolate with financial assistance.
Just under 4 million people who are in receipt of benefits in England will be eligible for this payment, which will be available to those who are required to self-isolate from 28 September.
From 8 March 2021 financial support has been extended to a parent/guardian of a child or young person who has been advised to self-isolate by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.