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Support for vulnerable people

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Co-ordinated support and shielding for highly vulnerable people

People at the highest risk from Coronavirus are being advised by the NHS to protect themselves through isolation from others for 12 weeks.

What the Council is doing

The Council is preparing to provide support, through a national network of local 'hubs', and to tap into the response from community organisations and volunteers across the borough to help those people at higher risk of severe illness from Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. The government is strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions, which put them at very high risk of severe illness from Coronavirus (COVID-19), to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.

People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.
  2. People with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which 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 six months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections, such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and homozygous sickle cell.
  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

Government advice

View the Government's guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people from COVID-19.

Shielding on GOV.UK

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