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Advice for people previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable

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The Government has announced the end of the shielding programme. People considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable won’t be advised to shield again. Those previously on the Shielded Patient List will receive a letter from the government with more information.

The national shielding programme has now ended. This is based on the success of the vaccination programme, more information being available on the virus, and the emergence of COVID treatments.

People previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and on the Shielded Patient List won’t be advised to shield again. You should have received a letter from the government with more information and where to get support if you need it: Letter to patients - end of the shielding programme.

If you are immunosuppressed and have any concerns about what this means for you,  you’re advised to raise this with your specialist at your next routine appointment.

If you were on the shielded patient list you can find the latest information from the Government here: COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable.

This includes suggestions of things to keep safe you may want to consider as someone with a health condition. You can also find Advice for people at high risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) on the NHS website.

If you haven’t already done so, you’re encouraged to get your first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, and a booster if it’s offered to you. Get local information on COVID-19 vaccination, and on booster jabs, on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website: Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

For information on community support available to East Sussex residents during the pandemic, including the 5 Community Hubs, visit the Community support pages.

For the latest COVID-19 guidance in Easy Read visit: Easy read COVID-19 guides. These easy read guides help people with learning disabilities to understand the support available and the latest government COVID-19 rules.