Clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer advised to shield and are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else.
As someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, you should think about additional precautions you can continue to take.
You may wish to think about taking precautions when meeting others you do not usually meet. For example:
- consider meeting 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
- 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
It is really important that you have both your first and second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. No vaccine is 100% effective, however the majority of people, including those who are clinically vulnerable, will be well-protected by the vaccine.
From 19 July, social distancing measures will be ended in the workplace and the government will no longer instruct people to work from home. However, employers still have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and others from risks to their health and safety.
Find out more about help and advice available below. You can also find a map of local and community-led organisations that are able to provide support services during this time.