We know that shielding is not easy for everyone, and especially those within an abusive or toxic environment. The Government still recommend that you take extra precautions to protect yourself while the virus is still spreading in our communities. The updated guidance below provides practical steps that cover things like socialising, travel and going to work and school. You can find the full guidance online at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. In addition to this advice, you must continue to follow the regulations that are in place for everyone during the pandemic. This includes rules on mixing with people from other households.
For children aged 12 to 15 years, vaccination may be appropriate for those with severe neuro-disabilities. This option should be discussed between parents/guardians and the child’s clinician or GP. For other children aged 15 and under, whilst further research is being done, vaccination is not yet recommended. If you have received your first dose, you should still ensure you take up your second dose of the vaccine when it is offered to you. Having two doses should further increase your level of protection. No vaccine is 100% effective and therefore even if you have had both doses, there is still no absolute guarantee that you will not become ill from COVID-19. Therefore, you should continue to take the extra precautions set out in the government guidance to help protect yourself.
If you are struggling as a result of Coronavirus please visit https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support or contact your local council to find out what support is available.
Please remember that the NHS is open, and we urge you to continue to access all the NHS services that you need. It is likely to be safer for you to use the NHS than to try to manage alone. If you are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your health, speak to your GP, hospital clinician or use NHS 111.
Please make sure your GP has your most up to date contact details, including your home address and, if possible, a personal email address, so that the government or NHS can contact you quickly in the event that the guidance changes in the future.