PHE and DHSC issue guidance for those vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19)

PHE and DHSC issue guidance for those vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have published guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19). They have urged vulnerable people to think about additional precautions that could be taken, such as choosing to limit the close contact they have with those not normally met, meeting outside or in a well ventilated space, washing hands regularly, practicing social distancing and asking friends and family to take lateral flow tests. The government has also encouraged vulnerable individuals to receive both vaccines and partake in the upcoming booster vaccine programme. However, it has warned that vaccines are not 100% effective and cannot guarantee absolute safety.

The government has also advised vulnerable individuals to:

• if necessary, raise concerns about health and safety at work with a workplace union, Health and Safety Executive or local authority

• speak to children’s educational settings if there are any concerns and discuss the measures in place to reduce risk

• continue wearing face coverings in crowded areas

• consider going to shops and pharmacies at emptier times

The full guidance can be read here.

Source: Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

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