You should already know if you are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ or not. If you are, you will have previously received a letter from the NHS or your GP. You may also have been advised to shield in the past.
In Tier 3, the advice for people at the greatest risk is to still stay at home as much as possible. It is also a good idea to ask others in your household or support bubble to collect food and medicine for you. You can still go outdoors to exercise.
Everyone in Tier 3 areas should work from home if possible. If you are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ and unable to work from home, you can still go to work, but your employer should take steps to minimise the risk of exposure.
Dr Steve Fawcett, Medical Director for NHS North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “While the start of the vaccine rollout is really positive news and offers hope for the future, it will be a considerable length of time before we feel the benefits.
“While the vaccine will offer protection to individuals, it does not give absolute immunity from the virus. This means that precautions will need to be in place for some time.
“Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to keep contact with others to a minimum and maintain strict social distancing, even with people in your own household.
“Remember to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.”
Support and information:
- If you’re worried about your physical or mental health you should call your GP surgery or contact NHS 111 by phone or online.
- If you or someone you know is clinically extremely vulnerable and needs extra support, you can contact the NHS Volunteer Responder programme on 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).
- For more guidance around shielding, with additional information on socialising, work, travel and education, visit Gov.uk.