COVID-19 : Ongoing Advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

As part of the UK Governments roadmap out of the national restrictions, we can now inform you that from 1st April 2021 the clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) are no longer advised to shield.
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How Will You Be Contacted?

If you are on the shielding patients list, you will receive a letter informing you of guidance changes and practical steps that you can take if you are CEV, on how to stay safe and reduce your risk of catching COVID-19.

Why Is This Happening?

The decision to pause shielding has been taken based upon the latest scientific data and on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer.

Since the national restrictions and shielding measures were introduced in January, cases of COVID-19 have fallen considerably across all parts of the country and over 22 million people have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

In addition, the majority of CEV people have now received their first dose of the vaccine. Whilst no vaccine can be 100% effective, this means CEV people are in general better protected against the virus.

What Does This Mean?

Although CEV people will no longer be advised to shield from April 1st, it is still recommended that you take extra precautions to protect yourself while the virus is still spreading.

Until the social distancing rules are eased more widely, it is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing.

Everyone is advised to continue to work from home where possible, but if you cannot work from home you should now attend your workplace. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and should be able to explain to you the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work.

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