Page updated: 1 April 2021
From 31 March 2021, if you are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19, you are no longer being asked to remain at home in order to protect yourself (‘shielding’). This is because rates of Covid-19 cases have now fallen across the country, reducing the risk of catching the virus for everyone, including the most vulnerable.
However, it remains important that you continue to follow the government’s Covid-19 rules and restrictions which can be found here that are in place for everyone, to minimise your risk of infection.
You should also continue to follow the social distancing guidelines which can be found here with any visitors to your home such as carers.
If you're on the shielded patient list, you should already have been offered your vaccination.
If you have not received your first dose yet, you should, you should contact your GP.
If you have received your first dose, you should ensure you take up your second dose of the vaccine when it's offered - having two doses further increases your level of protection.
No vaccine is 100% effective - even if you've had both doses, there's still no absolute guarantee that you will not become ill from COVID-19. This is why it's important that you follow the national rules and restrictions that are in place to keep everyone safe.
If you need help coming out of shielding...
The latest government guidance which is available here for people previously asked to shield includes information on work, school, travel, socialising and essential shopping, and sources of advice and support to help you as you come out of shielding.
You can also call our crisis helpline if you need additional advice or support
Telephone: 01572 729603
Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 4.30pm
It's important that you get support for any health conditions or concerns you may have. These are some of the services available to you:
Page updated: 20 January 2021
Here are links to the national guidance for carers to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic: