Coronavirus

COVID-19 guidance for vulnerable people

Beginning on Wednesday 2 December the Government has placed Kirklees in Tier 3 restrictions

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

Clinically vulnerable people

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

  • aged 70 or over
  • under 70 with one of these health conditions:
    • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
    • seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
    • pregnant

If you are clinically vulnerable:

Follow all restrictions. See COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees.

  • You can go outside as much as you like but try to meet as few people as possible
  • You can go to school
  • You should still access the social care and medical services you need
  • You can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, but consider going at quieter times of the day

In addition, you are advised to:

  • minimise contact with others
  • wash hands carefully and more frequently than usual
  • maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in the home and workspace.

Get in touch with COVID-19 Community Response if you need support

Use this option if you are clinically vulnerable.

COVID-19 Community Response

Clinically extremely vulnerable people

You will receive another letter from the Government.

Not everybody is advised to shield. The Government will write to you separately to tell you if you are advised to shield. You should only shield if you receive a letter telling you to.

You are clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • if your hospital clinician or GP has added you to the shielded patients list
  • or you are in one or more of these categories:
    • solid organ transplant recipients
    • people with cancer undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma at any stage of treatment
    • people with cancer undergoing immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
    • people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
    • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
    • adults with Down's syndrome
    • adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
    • women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

Register for support if you are clinically extremely vulnerable

Fill in the online form to:

  • get access to priority supermarket deliveries
  • ask for someone to contact you about any local support that's available

You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

If you already get priority supermarket deliveries, you will keep them.

Paperclip You must have your NHS Number to fill in the form. You can find it on any letter from the NHS, or on a prescription.

Get support if you're clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus

After you have registered

An officer will contact you to discuss your needs and help you access what you require.

If you need help with registering, or your need is urgent

  • Phone Freephone 0800 4561114 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Vitamin D supplements

The Government is offering a free 4-month supply of daily supplements of vitamin D for all adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

  • During autumn and winter, you are advised to take vitamin D to keep your bones and muscles healthy and to support your general health.
  • This is particularly important if you've been indoors over the spring and summer as you may not have been getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Register to receive free vitamin D supplements

Fill in the online form by 4 January 2021.

You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

Paperclip You must:

  • have received a letter from the NHS or the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) saying you are at high risk from coronavirus
  • be aged 18 or over
  • live in England.
Get vitamin D supplements
After you have registered

The Government expect to start distributing the supplements from January 2021.


Socialising

Follow all restrictions. See COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees.

In addition:

  • Reduce the number of times you meet people as much as you can
  • Avoid gatherings with large numbers of people, especially indoors
  • Always stay at least 2 metres away from other people visiting your home
  • Reduce the amount of time in places where you can't socially distance.
  • You may want to maintain social distance within your household.

Exercise

You can go out and exercise in an outdoor public place, but avoid busy areas.


Work

You are strongly advised to work from home.

If you cannot work from home, you can still go to work.

If you need extra support

If you need support to work at home or in the workplace you can apply for Access to Work.

Find out about Access to Work:

Support for disability-related extra costs of working beyond standard reasonable adjustments an employer must provide.

Access to Work

If you have concerns

If you cannot make alternative arrangements

  • Your employer may be able to furlough you under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
  • Have a conversation with your employer about whether this is possible.

Education

Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow this advice.

Ask your GP or specialist clinician about whether your child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

If your doctor has said your child is clinically extremely vulnerable

  • They are advised not to attend school.
  • Your school will make appropriate arrangements for them to continue their education at home.

If you are clinically exteremely vulnerable, but your children are not, they should still attend school.


Travel

Stay at home as much as possible and don't travel unless essential.

If you have to travel, do it outside peak hours if you can.

  • Walk or cycle if you can
  • If you can't walk or cycle, try to minimise the number of people you are in close contact with
  • Travelling by car is likely to mean you're in contact with less people than by public transport
  • You must wear a face covering on public transport unless you are exempt
  • Avoid sharing a car, especially with people outside of your immediate household or support bubble.

Shops and pharmacies

You are advised not to go to the shops. Use online shopping if you can, or ask others to collect and deliver shopping for you.

If you have to go shopping, try to go at quiet times of the day.

  • You must wear a face covering in all shops unless you are exempt.

Ask NHS Volunteer Responders to help

They can collect and deliver shopping, medication and other essential supplies.

If friends, family and volunteers can't collect your medicines

  • You will be eligible for free medicines delivery.
  • Contact your pharmacy, tell them thayou are clinically extremely vulnerable and need your medicines delivered
  • They will arrange this free of charge.

Getting care and support

Continue to seek support from the NHS and other health providers for existing health conditions and any new health concerns.

If you do need to receive care in person, you can. Your local NHS services are well prepared and will put in measures to keep you safe.

Accessing NHS services from home

These include:

  • Ordering repeat prescriptions
  • Contacting your health professional through an online consultation.

Find out more:

Carers and visitors

Carers or visitors who support you with your everyday needs can continue to visit. They should follow social distancing guidance where close or personal contact is not required.

If you have an urgent medical need

  • Phone NHS 111
  • Phone For a medical emergency 999

If you need a COVID-19 test

You may attend a test site, but try to attend at a quieter time or ask for a home test to be sent to you.

More about testing:

More information for clinically extremely vulnerable people:

Shielding and protecting people

Tips and advice on managing mental health concerns:

Mental health support in a crisis
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