If you have COVID-19 symptoms or get a positive test result you must stay at home and self-isolate immediately. This applies whether you have had one, two or no doses of the vaccine.

Contacts and self-isolation

If you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will be notified by the NHS Test and Trace service via text message, email or phone.

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact and you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 and 6 months you do not need to self-isolate. You are advised take a PCR test as soon as possible. If the result is positive you must self-isolate. You can read more about this on the government website.

Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status or age.

The following people must still self-isolate if they are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result:

  • Those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination
  • Those who have not been fully vaccinated
  • Those who have received their second dose within the last 14 days

You may need to self-isolate if you are coming back from travel abroad.

Read this information about what to do if you are living in a household with someone with COVID-19.

Plan ahead for self-isolation

You must not leave your home or garden if you have been asked to self-isolate. You should not do things like the shopping or walking the dog. You will not be given notice before being asked to self-isolate.
It’s good idea to plan for self-isolation.

  • Think about how you will get food, walk your dog, and pick up medicines. You can’t go out so you will need to get home deliveries.
  • Make a plan with friends and family so that you can support each other if you need to self-isolate.
  • If you don’t have support nearby, you can contact the Isle of Wight Coronavirus Helpline on 01983 823600 or search for support for islanders.
Financial support if you cannot work

If you are required to self-isolate you may be entitled to financial support during your self-isolation period.

Tell your employer if you cannot work while you’re self-isolating. They should tell you if you’re covered by their sick leave or special leave policy. If you cannot get sick pay from your employer, you might be able to get Statutory Sick Pay or another type of financial support.

If you’re on a low income and you’re asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you may be able to get a Test and Trace Support Payment (TTSP). The one-off payments of £500 are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

The TTSP is available to parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate but need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating.

A separate discretionary payment is also available to eligible residents.

The Isle of Wight Council website has information about the different types of payment and how to apply for them.

Read about other support available for Islanders.

NHS COVID-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app is part of the Test and Trace programme. It’s free to download and is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from COVID-19.

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