In the future, the government will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited period of time. Coronavirus total isolation should be extended to over-60s as well as over-70s, experts warn. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and should be able to explain to you the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work. This guidance aims to strike a better balance between providing practical steps to help keep you safe while reducing some of the potentially harmful impacts on mental and social wellbeing that were associated with previous strict shielding. Try to stay 2 metres away from other people within your household, especially if they display symptoms of the virus or have been advised to self-isolate. If you need other forms of help, including support to register for priority supermarket deliveries, you should contact your local council directly. Children and young people whose parents or carers are clinically extremely vulnerable should also continue to attend education settings. At Tier 2: High, you must not meet with people indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble. If the rules allow you to meet with others outside your household, your risk of catching COVID-19 is lower if you meet them outdoors. He stressed his peers were poised to support those who required mental health support and maintained that any decision to extend the shielding period would be made by the Executive. You can check the tier for your local area or search by postcode. They should follow social distancing guidance where close or personal contact is not required. If you do need to go to the shops, try to do so at quieter times and maintain strict social distancing. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You are advised to stay at home as much as possible. This publication is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19. Children and young people whose parents or carers are clinically extremely vulnerable should also continue to go to school. Any carers or visitors who support you with your everyday needs can continue to visit. You should opt-in to this offer by Wednesday 11 November by either: You will continue to minimise your risk of infection if you limit social contact with people that you do not live with, even at Christmas. If you do decide to form a Christmas bubble it is advised that you maintain social distance from those you don’t normally live with at all times, avoiding physical contact. If you have already discussed this with your child’s doctors and they have confirmed your child is still considered highest risk, your child should follow shielding advice and should not attend school, because the risk of exposure to the virus in your area may currently be very high. Also, there are fears coronavirus is spreading through care homes. Shielding will no longer be required at all after July, he said, and from 1 August, guidance will be relaxed so even extremely vulnerable people will be able to return to work. If you need to use public transport, you must wear a face covering unless you are exempt. You should avoid sharing a car, especially with people outside of your immediate household or support bubble. Regulations, due to come into force on 16 April 2020 mean that any person classed as extremely vulnerable and at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), and who have been advised to remain at home for at least 12 weeks will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Schools have their own measures in place to limit the risk of transmission which can be found in guidance on reopening of schools. If you already have a priority delivery slot with a supermarket, that will continue – you do not need to do anything further. You should continue to access support from local charities and organisations, as well as NHS Volunteer Responders. Paget is preparing for the shielding date to be extended further, especially if there’s a second wave of infection – like other countries have had. The advice sets out the additional things people at the highest risk from COVID-19 are advised to do to keep themselves safe for each tier. People who have been advised to shield can start taking steps to spend time safely outdoors. April 22, 2020. For longer journeys, or if you are unable to walk or cycle, try to minimise the number of people you come into close contact with. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. If your employer is not able to furlough you, you may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA). Where employers are not managing the risk of COVID-19, the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities will take action which can range from the provision of specific advice, issuing enforcement notices, stopping certain work practices until they are made safe and, where businesses fail to comply with enforcement notices, this could lead to prosecution. Food Parcel Service to be extended for those medically shielding The £6.3m emergency service, in partnership with local councils and voluntary and community organisations, was initially set up by the then Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of 12 weeks to support those who are most vulnerable in this crisis. Thousands of kidney patients have been shielding for months. The guidance is set out in 2 parts: Updated advice on protecting the clinically extremely vulnerable, based on the tiers of local restrictions in your area. Find out how your local council can help. Registering on the site just gives you priority. However, everyone should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make and should avoid travel into or out of a Tier 3 area. If friends and family are not able to collect your medicines for you, and you and/or the pharmacy are unable to arrange a volunteer, then you will be eligible for free medicines delivery. At Tier 3: Very High, everyone may continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, as well as for work or to access education. This means "you can go outside... but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low, "You will no longer receive free food parcels, medicine deliveries and basic care from the National Shielding Service.". Scientists found people in their 60s also at high risk from the novel coronavirus; Going outdoors carefully for exercise is also encouraged. BRITS classified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer have to shield during the coronavirus crisis. There may be a lot of expectation and pressure around celebrating Christmas together, but you should feel comfortable to do what is right for you over this period. Providers of these services are making every effort to ensure services remain open and as safe as possible. If you need support to work at home or in the workplace you can apply for Access to Work. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Children and young people in the household who are not clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to attend school. If you cannot work from home, you can still go to work in all tiers. Regulations, due to come into force on 16 April 2020 mean that any person classed as extremely vulnerable and at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), and who have been advised to remain at home for at least 12 weeks will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). But now, the government will be pausing its shielding advice for people in England completely. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. As the infection continues to rise at an alarming rate, there is a chance that vulnerable Brits could be asked to shield again. You can read more about what shielding might mean for you on the government website. splenectomy (having your spleen removed), adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5), women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week to self-refer or visit NHS Volunteer Responders for further information. You can further protect yourself by strictly observing good hand hygiene and maintaining social distancing as much as possible. If you need other forms of help, including support to register for a priority supermarket delivery slot, you should contact your local council directly. A Government move to allow shielding MPs to participate virtually in Commons debates has been blocked by an MP who said it does not treat them like “grown-ups”. Try to reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing, or where other people’s activities may reduce the likelihood of individuals maintaining social distancing. Those who were previously told to follow shielding advice can now return to work as long as the workplace is Covid-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. If you want priority supermarket deliveries, you will also need to set up an account with at least one supermarket and book slots yourself. If you receive unpaid care, your carer should refer to the Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family. You are advised not to go to the shops. If you cannot work from home, you can still attend your workplace as your workplace should be COVID-secure. You should continue to seek support from the NHS for your existing health conditions. When registering you will be asked for your NHS number. Isolation 'shielding' should be extended to over-60s, experts warn. If you are on the shielding list, you should follow the same advice as everyone else in your protection level. To do that, it is important that the other people in your Christmas bubble understand your needs and increased risk. You may want to think about who you sit next to, including during meals, and also consider wearing a face covering indoors where social distancing may be difficult as well as encouraging others to do the same. During the first lockdown, certain people were advised to take extra steps - or shield - to avoid contracting Covid-19, because they were considered more at risk of needing hospital treatment. At Tier 3: Very High, we still advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to continue to go outside for exercise, but to avoid busy areas to minimise the chance of coming into close contact with others. More details. If you need further assistance with food shopping or medicine collection, NHS Volunteer Responders may be able to help. People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. All pupils and students should continue to attend education settings at local tiers unless they are one of the very small number of pupils or students under paediatric or other NHS care and have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend an education setting. I know that as a SLE and renal transplant patient, I will not be able to go back to any kind of normal anytime soon. It will take only 2 minutes to fill in. It does not mean you’ll definitely get a delivery slot. Otherwise, we advise you to stay at home as much as possible. You are advised to stay at home as much as possible and not to travel unless essential. If you are required to travel into an area in a different tier (for example to go to work or school), you should follow the guidance for whichever area is in the higher tier. You should continue to work from home where possible. If you cannot make alternative arrangements, your employer may be able to furlough you under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until the end of March 2021. You should continue to receive care at home, either from professional social care and medical professionals, or from friends and family within your support bubble. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Statutory Sick Pay extended to individuals who are shielding. This will only apply to some Tier 3 areas, and the government will write to you separately to inform you if you are advised to shield. Many places have had a second wave and the UK should do everything in their power to help prevent this from happening. You are encouraged to exercise in an outdoor public place. You’re strongly advised to stay at home at … You are advised to significantly reduce your shopping trips including to pharmacies. It does not mean you’ll definitely get a delivery slot. If you are advised to shield you will be able to register yourself or someone else to: When registering you will be asked for your NHS number. Thursday, 30th July 2020, 1:40 pm (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images) Even for those not in the vulnerable group, it is very important to abide by social distancing rules to avoid catching the virus or unknowingly spreading it. This is to help ensure that people are always clear where to go for the latest information, as the Government updates its policies. You can find it on any letter the NHS has sent you, or on a prescription. "Shielding" aims to save lives by asking the most vulnerable to avoid all contact, minimising the risk of catching coronavirus. Please contact your pharmacy to inform them that you are clinically extremely vulnerable and need your medicines delivered, and they will arrange this free of charge. It found that of those shielding (36%) were concerned for their mental health should the shielding period be extended. It is also important to look after your mental health. If you cannot work from home, and are concerned about going into work, you may want to speak to your employer about taking on an alternative role or change your working patterns temporarily (for example, to avoid travelling in rush hour). Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced. You can log in and update your needs if circumstances change at any time. The formal shielding notification you receive will act as evidence for your employer of the Department of Work and Pensions that you are advised to shield and may be eligible for SSP or ESA. As the infection continues to rise at an alarming rate, there is a chance that vulnerable Brits could be asked to shield again. The UK Chief Medical Officers have issued a statement on schools and childcare reopening which states that there is a very low rate of severe disease in children and young people from COVID-19. Don’t worry we won’t send you spam or share your email address with anyone. If formal shielding is introduced in your area, information on how to access support will be included in your shielding notification letter. 04 Jul 2020 A new report launched today highlights that people who have been shielding from coronavirus and can't safely return to work from 1 August risk losing their jobs and livelihood. Continue to maintain strict social distancing, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. At Tier 1: Medium, when seeing friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. At Tier 2: High, all people are advised to minimise travel and to avoid busy times and busy routes where possible. In March the government asked about 627,000 people who had been in work to stay at home and ‘shield’ from the coronavirus. Calls for furlough scheme to be extended for shielded and high-risk workers 04 Jul 2020 A new report launched today highlights that people who have been shielding from coronavirus and can't safely return to work from 1 August risk losing their jobs and livelihood. 24 March 2020. Those deemed as vulnerable as now able to go outside as much as they like but you should still try to keep overall social interactions low. Extending the duration of shielding is almost certain, but it's possible the rules around inclusion could change as we learn more about their risks. If not then stay off if … In addition to the rules you and your community must follow at each level, you can take additional precautions to protect yourself. Shielding should be extended until further notice to ensure the safety of the public and the safety of those at extremely high risk. The advice is the same as for Tier 1: Medium. 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Shielding of vulnerable people ‘may have to be extended significantly’ – Professor Mark Woolhouse. Children and young people whose parents or carers are clinically extremely vulnerable can also continue to go to school. Sources of information for people who are shielding Updated 30 May 2020 First Published: 2 April 2020 Please note NHS England will no longer be hosting Frequently Asked Questions for people at highest clinical risk from Covid-19. April 22, 2020. This publication is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 except where otherwise stated. In the first instance, you should ask if any friends, family or volunteers can collect medicines for you. You are strongly advised not to go to a pharmacy because the risk of exposure to the virus is significantly higher in your area. Further support will be made available from your local council and community pharmacies to help protect you during this period of heightened risk. Updated 'Shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19'. "We will write to you if the advice changes.". If you’re shielding, you can register for extra support – for example, getting shopping delivered to your home. Everyone should wash their hands regularly and it is important to keep the space where you spend time with those you don’t normally live with well ventilated and to clean touch points regularly, such as door handles and surfaces. Share Employment is a big concern for us at Kidney Care UK. Continue to observe strict social distancing with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. This guidance offers additional advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable over and above the rules for the tiers, which apply to everyone. There’s also extra advice for those at higher risk from coronavirus, which you can choose to follow as well.. You can also find more information for people at higher risk from coronavirus at mygov.scot. 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