Extremely vulnerable people who have been shielding can now come off as shielding is officially coming to an end from today March, 31st in both England and Wales according to News reports.
The change is coming due to the decline in the number of new cases and hospital admissions from Covid. Letters have been dispatched to affected people estimated to be about 4 million.
Who is considered clinically extremely vulnerable?
According to the NHS Website, clinically vulnerable people are people who have:
- Have had an organ transplant
- Are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy
- Are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer
- Are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)
- Have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- Have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine
- Have been told by a doctor you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)
- Have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)
- Are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppressant medicine)
- Have a serious heart condition and are pregnant
- Have a problem with your spleen or your spleen has been removed (splenectomy)
- Are an adult with Down’s syndrome
- Are an adult who is having dialysis or has severe (stage 5) long-term kidney disease
- Have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of your needs