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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 70317, tabled on 5 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to covid-19 in the context of data from the ONS, published on 2 November 2021, that 91 per cent of those people are still shielding or taking additional precautions.

Answered on

15 November 2021

The Government ended the Shielding Programme on 15 September 2021 and those previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable were advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else, whilst potentially thinking about extra precautions they could take to reduce their chance of catching COVID-19 They were also advised to raise any concerns with their specialist at their next routine appointment.

The updated guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Some of this group may be eligible for a third primary dose of the vaccine, a booster vaccine, and for other treatments that are becoming available.

The Government will continue to assess the situation and the risks posed by COVID-19.

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