Boosted close contacts who don’t have Covid symptoms will no longer have to restrict movements under plans going to Cabinet tomorrow

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will also propose those with a positive antigen test won’t have to get a PCR test to confirm the result.

The isolation period for those who test positive for Covid is also to be standardised at 7 days regardless of whether someone is boosted or not.

People will be deemed to have boosted immunity if they’ve had a booster shot or have had a full initial course of vaccines and have caught Covid in the last three months.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says he’ll bring the proposed changes to Cabinet tomorrow:

“If you have boosted immunity, currently, you’re asked to restrict your movements for five days, that requirement would go completely so no restricted movement if you have boosted immunity. Now, the recommendation is still obviously that there’s regular antigen testing for several days and that during that period, people wear the higher grade masks- the blue or the white masks.”


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