Wednesday, February 21, 2024

MP Stephen Metcalfe asks Health Minister question on Covid measures

SOUTH Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask a question regarding Covid-19 measures.

Mr Metcalfe said: I know that many of my constituents will be pleased to hear that from 16 August we will end the requirement for people to self-isolate after possible exposure to the virus if they are fully vaccinated.

I am sure we all agree that it is right to change the rules as the information changes; however, will my right hon. Friend explain to the House the rationale for making this change on 16 August rather than next Monday?

Health Minister, Sajid Javid said: “I agree with my hon. Friend that it is good news that we can move away from restrictions and towards guidance.

On the rationale for the decision he referred to, it is about vaccine effectiveness: we know that for those with both doses, vaccination is estimated to be 78% to 80% effective against symptomatic covid-19.

The introduction on 16 August of the changes to which my hon. Friend referred will mean that more people will have been vaccinated and will help to reduce severe illness.


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