COVID-19 advice - Northern Ireland

Last updated on: 6 July 2021

Each of the devolved nations has its own approach to handling the COVID-19 crisis. Here you’ll find the specific details for people living in Northern Ireland. 

We’re regularly updating our coronavirus information to ensure you have the most up-to-date and relevant content available.

Easing of lockdown restrictions

For the latest details read the guidance on the NI direct Gov website.

COVID-19 vaccines

There’s a UK-wide plan to prioritise certain groups to be vaccinated first. Read more about priority groups.

At present anyone who is aged 18 years and over can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments at one of Northern Ireland's regional vaccination centres (if they have not already been invited to receive the vaccine by their GP).

If you are eligible, you can book your appointment online

You can also book your vaccination via telephone on 0300 200 7813 Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 8.00pm.

Read the latest guidance: COVID-19 vaccines - your questions answered. For further information specific to Northern Ireland, check the NI Direct Gov UK website.

Guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable 

The Northern Ireland Government is recommending you follow the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable, if you are in this risk group. For more information on these groups read the following:

You should take extra care to minimise contact with others by maintaining strict social distancing. 

Staying safe at work

Read the latest guidance for employers and employees to keep safe in the workplace during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


You should self-isolate if you or somebody else in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus. This means not leaving your home for any reason and not having visitors, unless it’s for essential medical care. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – book a test online. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You can also download a new 'StopCovid NI' app  if you are based in Northern Ireland.  This is the first of its type to launch in the UK and it anonymously contacts you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus.

You’ll need to arrange for food and essential supplies to be delivered and these should be left at your door to minimise contact with the delivery person.

Read the NI Direct guidance on self-isolating.


There’s a freephone helpline number 0808 802 0020 for vulnerable people. Or you can complete a form on the Advice NI website, email or text ACTION to 81025. You can find a directory of other useful helplines on the Helplines NI website.


The Department of Health has developed a Covid-19 NI app - search for Covid-19 NI on the Apple app store or Covid-19 NI on Google Play and an online symptom checker.

Health and Social Care (HSC) in NI has developed a library of smartphone apps to support health and social well being.

Keep updated

If you’re feeling isolated from family and friends during these uncertain times, we’re here for you. Find out more about the support available in your area.

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