Key national information sources
Everyone in England must follow the latest guidance.
- You should continue to work from home where you can and minimise the number of journeys you make.
- Six people or two households can meet outside including in private gardens.
- People can take part in formally organised outdoor sports and outdoor sports facilities are allowed to reopen.
- Colleges, primary and secondary schools are open to all children.
NHS information for people with genetic, rare and undiagnosed conditions that may be at higher than average risk from Covid-19 is here. Please be aware that this includes people affected by a broader range of conditions than those that reduce the effectiveness of our immune system. If you do not know whether you are at higher than average risk from Covid-19, then you need to consult our condition specific guidance, your GP, or your clinical specialist.
Anyone with symptoms can now get a coronavirus test, whatever their age. The full guidance can be found here.
There is guidance here on if you have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed Covid-19 case but you do not live with that person.
NHS Volunteer Responders in England can help with shopping, a prescription collection or a friendly chat. People needing support can self-refer if they think they meet the qualifying criteria. Carers can make a referral for someone they care and for themselves, if this support helps them continue in their caring role. To find out more about the service click here. To self-refer telephone: 0808 196 3646.
If you are extremely clinically vulnerable, you can register here to request for priority access to supermarket deliveries, ask for more information on shielding, and update your personal details. To register, you will need your NHS number.
For support to manage your mental health during this pandemic, you can visit the Every Mind Matters website.
Shielding and Vulnerable People
As of 1 April 2021 clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer need to shield. Click here for the latest information.
The clinically extremely vulnerable will get priority access to vaccination against Covid-19 before the general population and in line with the priority order. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you can book an appointment to receive the vaccination now. The vaccine is also being offered to unpaid adult carers as part of priority group six – those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Even if you have had both doses of the vaccine, you should continue to follow the government guidance. The people you live with should also continue to follow the public health rules even if they have received the vaccine.
Young people and children
Young people aged 16 years and over with specific clinical vulnerabilities will be offered vaccination.
The only other group that can be considered are children aged 12 years and over with severe neurodisabilities and recurrent respiratory tract infections who require residential care. These vaccinations would be considered unlicensed use, paediatricians and GPs should discuss the benefits, risks and safety data with children, young people and their parents/guardians.
You can find more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme for children and young people here.
Working Safely During Coronavirus
You should work from home where you can. If you are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable, you may want to speak to your employer about making alternative arrangements so you can work from home. Information and guidance on a safe working environment for employers and employees during Covid-19 can be found here.
Access to Work provides support for the disability-related extra costs of working at home that are beyond standard reasonable adjustments an employer must provide.
If working from home is not possible, your employer may be able to furlough you under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
You may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
Carers and Parents
The charity Family Lives currently provides emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life across England and Wales.
A support bubble is a support network that links two households. The criteria have been expanded since December 2020 so that you can form a support bubble with a household of any size if:
- You live by yourself, even if carers visit you for support
- Your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of five
- Your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020
- You’re a single adult living with one or more children under the age of 18
- You are the only individual in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability
- You live with one or more people who need continuous care as a result of a disability, of which only one is over 18
- You are aged 16 or 17 and live with others of the same age, without any adults
You should not form a support bubble with a household that is part of another support bubble. For more information, visit the full guidance for unpaid carers here.
Information for Charities
The NCVO has information for charities that may have concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes information on funding, supporting workers and other resources.
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