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In close contact

Everyone is requested to download Ireland’s national Covid tracker app. You can find out more information and how to download here and details on how it works here.

If you are a close contact, see this page for guidance. There are separate guidelines for fully vaccinated household close contacts, non household contacts, unvaccinated contacts and symptomatic people. Please follow all HSE guidance when you are contacted by them. Antigen tests can be ordered here

You are considered fully vaccinated if you are 

7 days after your 2nd Pfizer-BioNTech dose
14 days after your 2nd Moderna dose
14 days after the Janssen vaccine
15 days after your 2nd AstraZeneca dose

But you may not get the same level of protection from the vaccine as other people if you:

are immunocompromised due to disease or treatment
have cancer
have chronic kidney disease.

Please see HSE guidelines regarding antigen testing for close contacts here. A member of the contact tracing team will advise you on what you need to do when they phone you.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH COVID

Please read this link. You should be able to decide whether you were a CASUAL contact or a CLOSE contact. 

Even if you have been fully vaccinated, it is important to remember that you can still transmit the virus to others (but remain asymptomatic yourself), and also that vaccination is not successful in at least 5% of people.

For these reasons, if you become symptomatic, then the same advice and restrictions that were previously in place still apply.

These guidelines are being updated regularly, so please continue to check back for new information.

Mercer's Medical Centre is part of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn