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Daily rapid testing for COVID-19 contacts launches this week

by Guy Murphy

The UK Government has announced changes to self-isolation rules for fully vaccinated contacts of a COVID-19 case to slow the spread of the virus and the emergence of the Omicron variant.

From Tuesday, fully vaccinated contacts of a COVID-19 case should take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days. This is to reduce the risk of passing the virus on to someone else, even with a negative test you should take measures to reduce risk further by wearing a face covering where appropriate and limiting any mixed with vulnerable people.

Anyone who tests positive or develops symptoms will need to self-isolate. They should then book a confirmatory PCR test to verify the result. If the test result comes back positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the day they tool the positive rapid test or developed symptoms. If the test is negative, they do not need to continue isolating but should continue to take rapid tests for the remainder of the 7 days.

Daily rapid testing applies to all contacts who are:

  • fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 or more jabs
  • all children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, regardless of their vaccination status (Under 5s are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily rapid lateral flow testing).
  • people who can prove they are unable to be vaccinated for clinical reasons
  • people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

Knowsley residents who are unvaccinated must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone with COVID-19.