Shielding advice was paused by the Government on 1 April 2021 and most restrictions were withdrawn from Monday 19th July.
As restrictions have been eased following the move to Step 4 of the roadmap, the Government is advising clinically extremely vulnerable people, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance.
However, as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, the Government suggests you may wish to think particularly carefully about additional precautions you might wish to continue to take. Individuals may choose to limit the close contact they have with those they do not usually meet with in order to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, particularly if they are clinically extremely vulnerable and if COVID-19 disease levels in the general community are high. It is important to respect and be considerate of those who may wish to take a more cautious approach as restrictions are lifted.
Sefton Council and CVS Support
Many of our residents who need help during the coronavirus crisis are being supported by their family, friends or neighbours.
For those who don’t have that support network in place, we want to make sure you know how to access help.
You can get support by completing our online form. The information provided will help us understand what type of support you require.
We will try to match your needs as far as possible and will be prioritising the help and support accordingly. We are currently aiming to respond to your request within three working days.
Alternatively, you can get support by calling one of our team on 0345 140 0845. They will ask you a few questions and your information will be shared with Sefton CVS (Community Volunteer Service) who are co-ordinating the support in the community.
NHS Volunteer Responders
NHS Volunteer Responders will also continue to offer support to those who need it, including collecting and delivering food and medicines.
The NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme has been expanded to offer a new Check in and Chat Plus role. This new role has been designed to provide peer support and companionship to people who are shielding as they adapt to a more normal way of life.