Advice for People at Higher Risk

People with serious health conditions have previously been identified as clinically vulnerable (external link) and advised to shield during the earlier stages of the pandemic. If you are in this group, you will have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. 

This includes people who:

  • Have had an organ transplant 

  • Have certain types of cancer or having certain types of cancer treatment 

  • Have certain genetic diseases 

  • With serious respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis and severe chronic bronchitis 

  • Have a condition or are taking medicine makes them much more likely to get infections 

  • Pregnant women with a serious heart condition 

Most people who were identified as clinically vulnerable are now well protected after receiving their primary and booster vaccination doses and are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else (external link) on staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19, as well as any additional advice received from their doctor.

If you have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated (external link). Evidence indicates that completion of your primary course of COVID-19 vaccine (either 2 or 3 doses) provides very effective protection against hospitalisation. To maintain this high level of protection you should also get a booster vaccine for COVID-19 whenever offered. 

There remains a small number of people who, in spite of vaccination, are at a higher risk of serious illnesses from COVID-19.  This is due to a weakened immune system or other specific medical conditions. These people require enhanced protections such as those offered by antibody and anti-viral treatments and advised to follow enhanced guidance (external link) on staying safe.

If you need help to follow COVID-19 guidance there are local community mutual aid groups available or please contact 01353 665555 or email during office hours.

Out of hours contact, for emergencies only, please call 07710 978900.