Wilmslow: Unvaccinated Cheshire East staff won't be classed as being off sick if 'self-isolating'

By Alex Greensmith

25th Nov 2021 | Local News

Wilmslow: Borough council workers without a COVID jab won't get sick pay if they have to self-isolate.
Wilmslow: Borough council workers without a COVID jab won't get sick pay if they have to self-isolate.

Wilmslow: Unvaccinated borough council staff who take time off work to self-isolate as a close contact of a COVID-19 case won't be classed as being off sick.

People who are double jabbed or aged under 18 are now no longer being legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Instead they are encouraged to get a PCR test.

But those who haven't had both jabs will still have to self-isolate.

It has been reported that one North West council is considering changing its policy so any self-isolation because of close contact with a positive Covid-19 case would be counted as sickness absence.

Cheshire East has told the Local Democracy Reporting Service it has no current plans to change its policy, which could be bad news for unvaccinated Wilmslow civil servants.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "The health and safety of our staff is paramount to us. We have been working hard to promote the information and facts about the coronavirus vaccines to both our staff and local community.

"We are actively encouraging all our staff to have the vaccine so that they are not only protecting themselves and their families, but also protecting the delivery of our key front line services.

"Where possible we support any members of staff who are self-isolating to work from home. Staff who are required to self-isolate and are unable to work from home, are recorded as 'self-isolating'.

"A sickness absence is only recorded when an employee reports as unfit for work. There are no current plans to change our policy and approach to this."

The government says anyone who tests positive following a PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age.

There are currently 20 cases in Wilmslow Town, which is a case rate of 285.3 per 100,00 people.

This is according to GOV.UK figures as of August 11.

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