Advice for extremely vulnerable people

The government paused the national shielding programme at the end of July 2020. This means that clinically extremely vulnerable people in Liverpool do not need to shield at the moment.

How do I protect myself?

The guidance for clinical extremely vulnerable people who were previously during shielding has been updated by Public Health Liverpool to reflect Liverpool's 'very high' tier-three alert level. Key ways to help you protect yourself are to: 

  • stay at home as much as possible - you can still go out for exercise at quieter times of the day
  • work from home if possible - if it is not possible speak to your employer about a risk assessment and the measures they are taking to keep you safe at work
  • go to school unless a clinician has told you not to do so
  • stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your bubble - you may also want to maintain social distance within your household or bubble, if it's practical
  • limit your social contact and avoid crowded places where the virus is widely transmitted

 In addition, you should take extra care to:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available
  • wear a face covering over your mouth and nose where social distancing is not possible outdoors and indoors - this must be done by law on public transport and in most indoor settings
  • avoid businesses that are not Covid-19 secure, including cafes and restaurants
  • stay well in mind and body - find out more ways to look after yourself at

Read the GOV.UK guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.

How to find advice and support

Now is the time to think about who would support you if you can’t go out.

Who will be able to help you get your shopping and essentials? Ask your family, friends or neighbours if they can help – have a plan. The government is no longer providing a weekly food parcel so it is important that you make these plans.

If you have to self-isolate or are clinical extremely vulnerable and have no-one to support you, Ask for help from the Liverpool Covid Isolation Advice service which can get you help with shopping, finding a foodbank, collecting prescriptions, or you can ask to chat to a friendly volunteer on the phone.

Further information

This page was last updated on 15th October 2020.

Read further information on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

For the latest guidance see the GOV.UK guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.