A council has been accused of enabling “vaccine apartheid” in schools after becoming the first to introduce new self-isolation rules for unvaccinated children.
Suffolk County Council has told parents that if their children have not been vaccinated, they will have to stay at home for up to a week if one of their siblings tests positive for Covid.
Meanwhile, children who have been vaccinated will be allowed to continue attending school as normal after a sibling tests positive.
It is one of a number of councils which has told children to isolate if a sibling tests positive – even though this contradicts national guidance, which says pupils should be off school only if they test positive for Covid-19 themselves or are showing symptoms.
But Suffolk is believed to be the first council to introduce different rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated children.
Officials at the Department for Education (DfE) told The Telegraph that they have contacted Suffolk County Council to “emphasise the importance of children being in school whilst waiting for a PCR test result”.