Shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people

From 1 April, if you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable you will no longer be advised to shield.
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From 1st April

From 1 April, if you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable you will no longer be advised to shield. However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. Contact your local authority or speak to your GP if you have any concerns.

Accessing care and support

  • You can still receive informal care at home from people within your support bubble.
  • You can still receive care at home from professional social care and medical professionals.
  • We urge you to continue using the NHS and other health providers for your existing health conditions and any new health concerns.
  • You can access a range of NHS services from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or contacting your health professional through an online consultation. To find out more visit Health at home or download the NHS App
  • If you do need to receive care in person, you can. Your local NHS services are well prepared and will put in measures to keep you safe.
  • If you need additional help to follow this guidance, your local council may be able to help. If you are advised to shield you will be able to register for additional support

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