January 14th, 2022
Changes to isolation and close contact rules: From today, Friday 14th January, the rules around self-isolation and close contacts have changed. As before, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should immediately self-isolate and get tested. People aged 0-3 and people aged 40 and over and all healthcare workers should get a PCR test. People aged 4-39 should use antigen tests, unless they have higher risk health conditions or are healthcare workers. People who have had their booster no longer have to restrict movements if they become a close contact but don’t have symptoms.
COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11: COVID-19 vaccine registration remains open for children aged 5-11. A parent or legal guardian can register and give consent here here.
COVID-19 booster for people with weak immune systems: People who have a weak immune system, also called immunocompromised, can now get a booster dose. People in this group were offered a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and can now get a booster dose if it has been 3 months since their third dose. See below for information on how to get your booster dose – you can use any of the options outlined in the next section.
COVID-19 vaccine booster
People aged 16 and older can get their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose now. Find more information on the different options you have to get your vaccine booster here.
We continue to operate clinics for dose 1 and dose 2 vaccinations (for people aged 12 years and over), and booster vaccine clinics for healthcare workers, pregnant women and for people over the age of 16. Find the full list of clinics by county here.
Full details of how to get tested are available here.