Coronavirus: Get support if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus
People who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus will be receiving a letter from the Government setting out the new guidance this week.
Although the shielding programme paused on 31 July 2020, the Government has updated its national guidance for people who are at significantly increased risk from COVID-19 because of their age or a pre-existing health condition.
Those people who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are not being asked to shield this time, but they are being asked to minimise their contact with others, and not to go to work if they are unable to work from home,’
The Government’s letter will advise people to register on the gov.uk website to confirm that they have access to food during lockdown, including whether they need priority supermarket delivery, or if they need additional help.
The council will be able to contact anyone who says they need additional support, to see what help is needed and available.
Anyone who currently has access to supermarket priority slots from the first lockdown will still be eligible for priority access, though some supermarkets may apply some additional conditions.
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said:
“Lots of people in Shropshire were told to shield during the early stages of the pandemic, and may be concerned about what the second national lockdown means for them.
“If you have a pre-existing condition that leaves you extremely vulnerable to the virus, please think about registering.
“Everyone who registers also has the option to allow us to keep in contact with you and provide support during lockdown. It will also allow you to access priority supermarket delivery slots, which may be useful to you in the coming month.”
To register on the shielded list, or to amend your preferences, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support
Help us stop the spread of coronavirus:
- Stay At Home
- Work from home, if you can
- You can only meet one other person not in your household or bubble, outdoors in a public place, socially-distanced.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
- Wear a face covering in indoor settings (food shops, workplaces) where social distancing may be more difficult, and where you may come close to people who are not part of your household or bubble.
- Anyone who has any symptoms should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.
- You can book a test by calling 119 or click here
For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.