Guidance for those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable from COVID-19

Your GP of clinician will have either told you or written to you If you have a health condition that makes you clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID 19.

Since 1 August, the Government advice is that you do not need to shield now. This means that:

  • you do not need to follow previous shielding advice to stay home at all times
  • you can go to work if the workplace is Covid-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible
  • clinically extremely vulnerable children should attend school or education settings in line with the wider guidance on reopening of schools and guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings
  • you can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low
  • you can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, while keeping two metres away from others wherever possible or one metre, plus other precautions
  • you should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and that you maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace

If the guidance changes because of an increase in the spread of COVID-19, you will be advised of that by letter. This guidance will be updated to reflect any changes.

Continuing support

If you received free food parcels through the Government scheme during ‘lockdown’, these have now stopped. However, if you registered for a priority supermarket slot, you will continue to have access.

If you have no other source of support, you can still ask for other help by contacting Gloucestershire’s community help hub. We will pass your details on to colleagues at your District Council who will you find the support you need. If you cannot get out to buy food, they can also help you to access delivery slots with Tesco and Iceland.

You can also get support from NHS Volunteer Responders. These can support you with:

  • Collecting shopping, medication (if your friends and family cannot collect them for you) or other essential supplies;
  • A regular, friendly phone call which can be provided by different volunteers each time or by someone who is also shielding and will stay in contact for several weeks; and
  • Transport to a medical appointment.

Please call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm to arrange support or speak to your health case professional for transport support. A carer or family member can also do this on your behalf. More information is available at the NHS volunteer responders website.


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