Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo)
Changes in COVID-19 PCR criteria
Changes in the COVID-19 PCR testing criteria means that only certain groups now need to be tested by PCR.
You can get a PCR test if you have symptoms and you:
- · Are age 55 or older and have not had a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose
- · Have a high-risk medical condition
- · Have a weak immune system (immunocompromised)
- · Live in the same household as a person who has a weak immune system or provide support or care for them
- · Are pregnant
- · Are a healthcare worker
You do not need a test if you are:
- Under 55 years of age with symptoms of COVID-19 and you are otherwise healthy
- Aged 55 or older and you are fully boosted, even if you have symptoms of COVID 1
There are 2 types of free COVID-19 tests available from the HSE:
- Antigen tests (home test kits)
- PCR tests (done at a test centre and sent to a lab)
If you have a positive antigen test, you can book a PCR test if you need a COVID-19 Recovery Cert.
If you are a healthcare worker and you are a household close contact, you can get antigen tests if you:
- Do not have symptoms of COVID-19
- Have not had COVID-19 in the past 3 months
If you are a healthcare worker and you have symptoms of COVID-19, get a PCR test.
Antigen tests are not recommended for children under the age of 4.
You can also get HSE antigen tests if you have symptoms and you need to make a social welfare claim if you are off work because of COVID-19.
If you are a close contact of a person that tests positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), you should:
Acting Head of Primary Care Mandy Doyle said: “COVID-19 is still present in our lives and communities . People should continue to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene by washing and sanitising hands regularly, coughing/sneezing into your elbow and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate immediately.”
Last updated on: 01 / 03 / 2022