If you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) from coronavirus you are no longer advised to shield, as of 1 April 2021.
From July 19 (as Step 4 of the government roadmap begins) people who are CEV are advised, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else.
It is really important that you have both your first and second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and that other members of your household get vaccinated to lower your chances of catching COVID-19. You may also be offered a booster dose over the comings month to further increase your level of protection, and you should take this when it is offered to you.
You may wish to think carefully about additional precautions you could take such as limiting close contact with those you do not usually meet, especially:
- in crowded spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious
- in enclosed indoors spaces where there is limited fresh air
- when COVID-19 disease levels are high in the general community.
You may also wish to consider:
- meeting outside if possible
- making sure the space is well ventilated if you meet inside
- asking people who visit you indoors to wear a face covering
- checking whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated
- washing your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
- continuing to practise social distancing if that feels right for you
- asking friends and family to take a lateral flow test before visiting you
- going to the shops and pharmacy at quieter times of day.
From 19 July the government is no longer instructing people to work from home. However you employer still has a legal responsibility towards you and should be able to explain measures they have in place to keep you safe at work.
Furlough and the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS) have been extended to 30 September 2021 and you may continue to be eligible until then. But statutory sick pay (SSP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) won’t be available, on the basis of being advised to shield, from 1 April. If you need support to work at home or in the workplace you can apply for Access to Work.
Remember, the NHS is open, and you are urged to continue to access all the NHS services you need. Make sure that your GP as your up-to-date contact details including your home address, so that you can be contacted quickly in case this guidance changes again in the future.
We may contact people who are clinically extremely vulnerable with advice and information. The Government collects information across England on people who are extremely vulnerable in relation to the COVID-19 virus and shares this information with the council so that we can provide services and support and carry out our Public Health duties. We undertakes to:
- access and process the information only for the purpose of delivering services under the Coronavirus Act 2020
- comply with data protection legislation at all times and only process the information for as long as is necessary to deliver the service
- only share or allow access to the information where it is strictly necessary and lawful as allowed by Government.
Read Portsmouth City Council’s data protection privacy notice. If you have any questions or concerns you can email the council data protection team at email@example.com or call the council customer service team on: 023 9282 2251.