You no longer have to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has Coronavirus if:

  • You have completed both doses of the Coronavirus vaccine 14 days before your contact took place
  • You have taken part in a vaccine trial
  • You can provide evidence on why you can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons
  • You are under the age of 18

That is unless you are experiencing symptoms, whereby you must continue to complete your self-isolation period.

Do I need to take a test if I meet the exemption criteria?

All close contacts are still advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible however, and you must legally still self-isolate if you test positive, regardless of vaccination status or age. Any close contact who develops symptoms should self-isolate, get a PCR test, and remain in isolation until the result comes back to determine whether you must continue to self-isolate.

It is also important for you to continue with regular Coronavirus testing even if you are exempt from close contact self-isolation and are showing no symptoms, as you may still have Coronavirus and be spreading it without knowing.

For more information on where you can get tested, please visit:

What if I am a health or care worker?

Most double vaccinated health and social care staff who are close contacts of cases will be able to routinely return to work, provided they have had a negative PCR test. Daily LFD tests will need to be taken for 10 days as a precaution.

Staff working with clinically extremely vulnerable patients or service users will need a risk assessment to be carried out by a designated person in the workplace before they return to work.

Self-isolation support

We offer a range of support for people who need to self-isolate in Oldham.

This includes our Emergency Helpline on 0161 770 7007, which is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

There is also a host of other emergency support available, including access to medical supplies – Coronavirus Helpline

If you need to self-isolate, you may also be eligible for a self-isolation payment of £500.

Check if you are eligible - Self-isolation payment