Caution urged for 'clinically extremely vulnerable'

No official shielding but ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should wait three weeks after second jab Covid jab before being in ‘close contact’ with anyone, say ministers

  • Official guidance urged all those with serious illnesses to meet others outdoors
  • People shielding should also consider ordering an online delivery
  • Guidance is for anyone who was told to shield during the height of the pandemic 

Those classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should consider waiting three weeks after their second jab before being in ‘close contact’ with anyone, ministers said last night.

Official guidance published yesterday urged all those with serious illnesses to meet others outdoors if possible, and to be cautious about meeting anyone who has not been vaccinated.

It also said those who had been shielding should consider ordering an online delivery rather than going to the shops. 

The guidance is for anyone who was told to shield during the height of the pandemic.

It said: ‘As someone identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, it is important that you continue to be cautious when meeting others. 

Those classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should consider waiting three weeks after their second jab before being in ‘close contact’ with anyone, ministers said last nigh 

You should think about the risk of catching or passing on Covid-19 both to yourself and to others before meeting people you do not live with.

‘You can take steps to make meeting family and friends safer, such as meeting outside if possible, and making sure the space is well ventilated if you meet inside.

‘Considering whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated – you might want to wait until 21 days after your second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine before being in close contact with others.

‘You are encouraged to go outside for exercise and can do so with people from outside your household, subject to the wider rules on social contact.’

The guidance added: ‘Try to reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing with people outside of your group, or where other people’s activities may reduce their likelihood of maintaining social distancing.’

It suggested vulnerable members of the public may wish to avoid going to the shops, adding: ‘While you are not advised to avoid going to the shops, you may wish to continue using online delivery for food and essential shopping, or to ask family and friends for help.

‘If you do go out to the shops or pharmacy, consider going at quieter times of the day. You must wear a face covering in all shops unless you are exempt.’

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