Step 4 guidance
Autumn and winter plan
The Government have announced and published their COVID-19 Response - Autumn and Winter Plan 2021.
Vaccinations will remain the first form of defence against COVID-19 and the ‘evergreen’ offer of getting both doses of the vaccination will remain open to everyone who is eligible.
People will also be asked to keep up with a number of key behaviours to help manage the spread whilst we continue to learn to live with the virus. These are:
- Let fresh air in
- Wear face coverings
- Get tested and isolate if positive
- Stay home when unwell
- Wash hands
- Utilise the NHS COVID-19 app
Part B of the plan outlines what will be taken to support and protect the NHS when necessary – this will be based on data which will monitored and reviewed regularly.
Following clinical advice, the Government has agreed to to end the requirement for shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable.