Fully jabbed Brits who come into contact with someone infected with coronavirus may soon be spared 10 days of self-isolating.

Officials are reportedly considering scrapping the quarantine period for people who’ve had both doses under plans to use daily tests instead.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is said to be keen on the proposal, which would prevent millions of people from having to stay at home after being contacted by Test and Trace.

But it will only be approved if England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty is satisfied with the results of a study involving 40,000 people, according to The Times.

‘The vaccines are extremely effective and we want to keep people safe whilst minimising interruption to their lives,’ a Whitehall source said. ‘So of course it is an attractive option if shown to be safe.’

The study is due to finish by the end of summer, with early results expected next month. 

Ministers are keen to replace the ten-day quarantine requirement once all adults have been double vaccinated later this year.

Reports also suggest double jabbed Brits could go on holiday from next month and not have to self-isolate on return under plans to to give vaccine passports the go-ahead.

Over 42 million Brits have now received their first dose of the vaccine, with 30 million double jabbed.

A government source said: ‘It’s obviously very appealing if it’s safe so we need to show that before we bring it in.’

The US has already scrapped a requirement to self isolate for people who have had both Covid jabs.

Linda Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, believes we are moving in the same direction.

She told Times Radio: ‘As we’ve heard repeatedly from Chris Whitty and others, this virus isn’t going to disappear.

‘We’re going to have to live alongside it, means we are going to have infections in future, so being a contact of someone infected will always be a possibility.’

At present, people on low incomes who have to self-isolate can claim £500 from the government in support.

The amount has been heavily criticised by Labour, who said it is not enough and is preventing people from sticking to the quarantine.

When asked if she thinks the change could be the government’s way of getting out of financially supporting those who are self-isolating, Prof Bauld conceded this ‘could be part of it’.

But she said the move would be necessary as we return to normality and learn to live with the virus once restrictions are scrapped.

She also said there will be discussions on whether children who haven’t been vaccinated could avoid self-isolating for 10 days if they test negative instead.

‘I hadn’t actually thought of it that way to be perfectly frank, is this a sort of a reason not to support self-isolation? that may be part of it,’ she said.

‘I think it’s more that as we move ahead and learn to live alongside this virus we have to recognise, not just for adults actually around self-isolation, but there will also be a debate, I think, about school pupils and whether we could offer regular testing as an alternative to large groups of children having to stay at home and not have face-to-face education, which of course has been happening quite a bit as infection rates rise and it’s really unfortunate and should be avoidable.’

Other scientists have also hinted they would support the move.

Professor Adam Finn, who advises the Government on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), described the idea of scrapping 10-day self-isolation for doubly-jabbed people who come into contact with those infected with the virus as an ‘interesting’ proposal.

‘We know that the vaccine, particularly after two doses, is highly effective at stopping you from getting seriously ill, 20 times less likely to end up in hospital,’ he said.

‘We also know that it will reduce your chances of getting milder illness and infecting other people, but it’s probably less good at doing that than it is preventing you getting seriously ill, so it’s a kind of balance of risk thing.’

Separately, ministers are also said to be considering scrapping the self-isolation requirement for returning travellers who are double jabbed.

According to the Guardian, ministers are contemplating loosening travel restrictions for the amber list to let anyone who has had two Covid vaccines escape quarantine.

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