If you test positive on a lateral flow test you are no longer required to do a PCR test to confirm. Instead, you should report your test result on the government website and begin self-isolation. You must self-isolate for five full days and provide a negative lateral flow test on day five and six of your isolation. If you still test positive, stay in isolation until you've had two negative tests taken on consecutive days, or after ten days.
If you test positive for COVID-19, friends, close contacts and members of your household who are fully vaccinated* should take a lateral flow test every day for seven days to help slow the spread of COVID-19. If they test positive, they must follow self-isolation rules as noted above. Adults who have had one vaccine and unvaccinated adults must self-isolate for ten days if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 – Omicron or not.
*Daily lateral flow testing applies to all contacts who are:
- fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 jabs
- all children aged 5 to 18 years, regardless of their vaccination status
- people who can prove they are unable to be vaccinated for clinical reasons
- people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine