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If you have symptoms or have had a positive test, you need to self-isolate, even if you are fully vaccinated. Read more about what to do if you test positive for Covid-19.

If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to self-isolate if you are fully vaccinated. Your second dose needs to have been at least 2 weeks (14 days) ago, and with an approved vaccine. Fully vaccinated does not include booster vaccinations. You should take and report a daily rapid lateral flow test for 7 days.

If you have taken part, or are currently taking part, in an MHRA-approved clinical COVID-19 vaccine trial you will no longer need to self-isolate if you’ve been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. You should take a rapid lateral flow test for 7 days.

In England, if you cannot get vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons, you should take and report a daily rapid lateral flow test for 7 days.

In Wales, if you cannot get vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons you will be required to self-isolate if you’ve been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. You must self- isolate for 10 days even if you get a negative PCR or negative lateral flow test result. 

If you are not required to self-isolate, you should do the following during the period you would have been self-isolating:

  • limit close contact with other people outside your household and avoid crowded settings, especially in enclosed spaces

  • practice regular hand washing and keeping indoor spaces well ventilated

  • wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing

  • reducing contact with others, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

You can still become infected with COVID-19 and spread the infection to others. Read guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms at any time, even if these are mild, regardless of your age or vaccination status, arrange to have a COVID-19 PCR test and follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

Read more about the benefits of the NHS COVID-19 app.

Read more about where to report your test results.