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Antigen test system for vaccinated close-contacts to come into effect today

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that people who are deemed close contacts of a Covid-19 case will be sent antigen tests from today.

Donnelly said people can expect to starting receiving the rapid tests from tomorrow.

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The new system will mean people who are fully vaccinated and who are close contacts of a confirmed case, while also not displaying symptoms, will be sent an antigen test.

In cases where people are symptomatic, they are advised to get a PCR test and self-isolate.

People who are close contacts will be contacted by a contact tracer and will arrange for an antigen test to be sent to their home.

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If the rapid test returns a positive result, people will be required to book a PCR test and self-isolate.

IMAGE – PA IMAGES/”Negative Covid-19 / SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen” by Marco Verch (CC BY 2.0)

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