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Government update guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable

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The Government has released extra guidance for people defined as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’, from 19 July.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you will have received a letter from the NHS advising you as such, and you may have been told the 'shield' earlier in the pandemic.

Due to emerging evidence about the efficacy of the vaccine in people who fall into the clinically extremely vulnerable category, the Government recommends that people in this category take extra precautions, even when restrictions are lifted on 19 July.

The government advice includes:

  • meet outside if possible – the particles containing the virus that causes COVID-19 are quickly blown away which makes it less likely that they will be breathed in by another person
  • make sure the space is well ventilated if you meet inside; open windows and doors or take other action to let in plenty of fresh air – please see the COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces guidance for more information
  • consider whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated – you might want to wait until 14 days after your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with others
  • wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
  • consider continuing to practice social distancing if that feels right for you and your friends
  • asking friends and family to take a lateral flow test before visiting you

You can find the full guidance here and our full breakdown of COVID-19 updates on our webpage.