People who were previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable are at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (COVID-19).
The shielding programme has now ended in England. This means that people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) will not be advised to shield in the future or follow specific national guidance.
However due to high Covid-19 rates, Dudley Council's Public Health team are still advising our previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable residents to:
- Continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to meet outdoors, make sure indoor settings are well ventilated
- You should still work from home if you can, but if that is not possible, you can return to the workplace. 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.
- You will no longer be advised to avoid shops or pharmacies; you should minimise risk by shopping and travelling at quieter times of the day
- Continue to wear a mask in indoor settings
- Clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people should return to school, college or other educational settings.
Further advice and guidance on local support is available in the below sections.
Things you can do
Access to essentials
Welfare benefits support during coronavirus
Mental health support
Spotting covid related scams / calls
Basic care needs
We have a dedicated mailbox for queries about how Dudley Council can support you mail DudleyCouncilPlus@dudley.gov.uk or call on 0300 555 2345. This service is open 9 - 5:30pm weekdays.