COVID-19 can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher. People most at risk of getting seriously ill are known as clinically extremely vulnerable. Find out who is at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable).
If you are are clinically extremely vulnerable, or a parent or carer of a clinically extremely vulnerable child, you are no longer advised to shield, as of 1 April 2021.
You are, however, still advised to:
- keep your number of social interactions low
- reduce time spent in settings where social distancing isn’t possible
- continue to work from home where possible.
If you cannot work from home, you should now go to work. But your employer must reduce your risk of exposure to Covid-19 in the workplace and be able to explain the measures they have put in place to keep you safe. Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable should also return to school.
If you have registered for priority access to supermarket delivery slots, these will continue until 21 June 2021.
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 are aged 16 or over and you have been identified by your GP as clinically extremely vulnerable, you should have been offered your first dose of the vaccine. If you haven’t had it, make sure to get in touch with your GP.
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.