More than 52,000 people in Devon previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will be informed by the government that the national shielding programme has ended.
It means that their details will no longer be held on the Shielded Patient List and they will not be advised to shield in the future. The government will also not be providing specific national guidance for them to follow, and instead advise that, as a minimum, they should continue to follow the same guidance as everyone else.
However, if you have a health condition you may want to consider, alongside any advice from your clinician, if additional precautions are right for you. This could include:
- get all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not done so already
- meeting people you don’t live with outside where possible
- making sure the space is well ventilated if you meet inside; open windows and doors or take other action to let in plenty of fresh air
- washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your face
- considering whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated – you might want to wait until 14 days after everyone’s second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with others
- considering continuing to practice social distancing if that feels right for you and your friends
- asking friends and family to take a rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test before visiting you
- asking visitors to your home to wear face coverings