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Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable

Important advice for those who were clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) in Leicester.

As restrictions have been eased following the move to Step 4 of the roadmap, we are advising clinically extremely vulnerable people, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Everyone on the Shielded Patient List should already have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not yet been vaccinated you can book your appointment online. If no convenient slot is available, phone your GP.

Even if you have had both doses of the vaccine, you should continue to follow guidelines as the impact of the vaccination among all groups continues to be assessed. The people you live with should continue to follow the public health rules and guidance as long as they are in place, regardless of whether you or they have received the vaccine.

Booster vaccinations

Based on existing evidence, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advise that COVID-19 booster vaccines will be offered to the most vulnerable starting from September 2021.

The booster programme will aim to provide additional resilience against variants, and maximise protection in those who are the most vulnerable to serious disease from COVID-19 ahead of the winter months, when there is increased pressure on the NHS as non-COVID-19 emergency demand is at its highest.

Further details of any booster vaccinations will become variable once the JCVI has considered further evidence. More details on booster vaccinations can be found at GOV.UK.

Healthcare

The NHS is open you should continue to access all the NHS services that you need. It is safer for you to use the NHS than to try to manage alone. You can also quickly and easily access a range of NHS services from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or having an online appointment.

Support available

You can contact the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme for help collecting shopping, medicine or other essential supplies, or just for someone to talk to. You can call them free on 0808 1963646.

If you are concerned that you will still need help during the lockdown period, please fill out our online form or email c19support@leicester.gov.uk.