Last Updated 5:43pm, 10 May 2021
Shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to stop from April
More than 38,500 clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people in Devon have been informed by the government that they are no longer advised to shield from Thursday 1 April 2021 as coronavirus infection rates continue to fall.
In line with the government’s COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 roadmap published last month, those on the shielded patient list can begin to follow the national restrictions alongside the rest of the population, but are still advised to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe from coronavirus.
Letters with updated guidance are being sent out to all those affected. These set out practical steps people can follow to reduce their risk of catching the virus, including continuing to maintain strict social distancing and to keep their overall social contacts at low levels, such as working from home where possible.
The move follows the steady decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations across the country for the last couple of weeks.
With the success of the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, more than 9 in 10 clinically extremely vulnerable people are now vaccinated with their first dose, but it’s still important that people continue to follow the national rules and take the additional precautions set out in the guidance to keep themselves as protected as possible.