Government shielding advice in England during lockdown 2021
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday night, the Government has reintroduced shielding advice for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) from Covid-19 across all areas of England from 5 January 2021. This advice does not alter if an individual has received the COVID-19 vaccination.
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people will be eligible for support to stay at home including free delivery of medicines (where friends, family, or local volunteers are unable to provide help) and statutory sick pay where they are unable to work from home.
The Government will be writing to all CEV individuals in England to inform them of the advice and support available (including individuals already advised to shield as part of Tier 4 restrictions). A copy of this letter will be published on their website. It is expected that the Government will also be sending text messages and emails to affected patients where the NHS holds the relevant contact information.
We know this is a difficult time and anticipate people may have questions about the advice they should follow. The Government has produced a Q&A document that shares further details about the advice which you may find helpful.
Cancer services across Wessex remain open and if you have a hospital appointment booked for cancer treatment or diagnostics, please still attend. The NHS is here to help you and we have measures in place to keep you safe.