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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 117779, tabled on 3 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to guidance that a follow up PCR test is not required following a positive lateral flow test, what measures are in place to ensure that staff members off work as a result of positive covid-19 tests have appropriate documentation to prove the basis for their absence to employers other than a picture of a lateral flow test.

Answered on

11 February 2022

It is important that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 continues to report their lateral flow device (LFD) test results through the usual LFD reporting system on GOV.UK or by calling 119. Workers are legally required to tell their employers when they have a legal duty to self-isolate if they cannot work from home. However, there is no obligation for them to show their test results to their employer. If an employer has concerns about absence in the workplace, they should follow their usual procedures.