Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday (19 December) that London and the South East would be entering into Tier 4 the Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO), Dr Jenny Harries, has confirmed that shielding advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals will be reintroduced in areas now classified as Tier 4. This shielding advice is identical to that which was in place nationally from 5 November to 2 December.
The Government is writing to all CEV patients affected by the shielding advice in Tier 4 areas to inform them of this guidance. Letters will be sent in the week commencing 21 December and will be published here. Patients for whom the NHS holds an email address will receive the letter via email this week. The Government is aware that the letters to CEV individuals may face postal delays over the Christmas period. To mitigate this, the Government is also planning to use national and local media to communicate the advice to patients quickly.
Those at highest risk in Tier 4 areas and advised by Government to shield are eligible for support including free delivery of medicines (where friends, family, or local volunteers are unable to provide help) and statutory sick pay where unable to work from home. CEV individuals in Tiers 1-3 should continue to follow the government advice for those at highest risk specific to each of these tiers.
NHS Volunteer Responders can help with shopping and medicines delivery, as well as a regular, friendly phone call and transport to and from medical appointments. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm to arrange support or visit NHS Volunteer Responders.
Update 22nd December: Guidance for Scotland.
The advice and guidance pertaining to shielding in Scotland remains unchanged from the last update on December 4th. You can familiarise yourself with shielding in Scotland on the Scottish government’s website, here https://www.gov.scot/publications/covid-shielding/
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