End of shielding - Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people - 1st April

April 15 2021
On the 1st April, shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable ended with the Government updating it guidance to this group of people. This article provides an overview of this update and links you to national rules and guidance.

The Government Announcement

Since January 2021, cases of COVID-19 have fallen significantly across the country, reducing the risk of catching the virus for everyone, including the most vulnerable. Shielding has only ever been a temporary measure to protect the most vulnerable during peaks of the pandemic. The latest peak has now passed, and the prevalence of the virus is now low enough that we can advise people no longer need to shield.

The Government has outlined its roadmap out of the lockdown, with a gradual easing of restrictions over the next few months that will apply to everyone. In addition, the vaccination programme continues to be rolled out to everyone, with prioritisation based on the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This will help pave the way for restrictions to be safely lifted.

Although the advice to shield has ended, clinically extremely vulnerable people must continue to follow the rules that are in place for everyone.

We are also advising clinically extremely vulnerable people to continue to take extra precautions to protect themselves. You are advised to follow the practical steps described below to minimise your risk of exposure to the virus.

On the 17th March 2021, the government sent out another letter to patients considered extremely vulnerable to the virus. This letter provided new guidance to those previously shielding.

The latest (ONLINE) government guidance for those previously shielding.

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