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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.

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 or are identified as a close contact, 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.

If you are a close contact and you have received a COVID-19 vaccine

You do not need to restrict your movements or be tested for COVID-19 if it is more than:

7 days after your 2nd Pfizer-BioNTech dose
14 days after your 2nd Moderna dose
14 days after the Janssen vaccine
28 days after your 1st 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.

A member of the contact tracing team will advise you on what you need to do when they phone you.


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

This is only a guide but CASUAL contact can mean:

This is only a guide but CLOSE contact can mean:

For more information please read this link. on the HSE website.

Household contacts

If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus:

Restrict your movements for 14 days, even if you feel well. 

The person who has symptoms should behave as if they have coronavirus and:

If their test is positive you will become a close contact. You will need to continue to restrict your movements and get tested.

If their test is negative, you no longer need to restrict your movements. 

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