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.
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.
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)