Changes to shielding advice
From 1 August 2020, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable were advised that shielding has been paused. With the introduction of the three COVID-19 alert levels, the guidance has been updated.
From 13 October
Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will receive new guidance to help them reduce their risk from coronavirus, tailored to the risk of their local area.
A Very High COVID-19 alert level does not mean you have to shield. Shielding is considered as an additional intervention agreed by ministers under advice from local public health experts and the Chief Medical Officer or Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
The Government will write to people at the highest risk of serious illness in areas of very high infection rates if they are advised to adopt formal shielding again.
New National Restrictions From 5th November 2020
Details of the new national restrictions as detailed by the government can be found in the link below.
What support will I be able to access as a 'clinically extremely vulnerable person'?
You will still be able to get:
- local volunteer support for help with food, prescriptions, phone contact and more by contacting Wokingham Borough Council 0118 974 6000 or directly to Wokingham Citizens Advice Bureau Tel: 0300 330 1189
- You can also use NHS Volunteer Responders for food deliveries and prescriptions
- priority slots for supermarket deliveries (if you previously registered for free food parcels)
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