Advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable – Wales

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4 August 2021

Coronavirus Control Plan in Wales

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has indicated that despite the rise in numbers of Covid-19 and the lifting of many restrictions in Wales, he will not be advising people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to shield at this time. The Chief Medical Officer wants to ensure people balance the risk of harm from Covid-19 with the risk of harm to an individual’s mental health. He has indicated that he does not expect to have to advise ‘shielding’ again in the future, based on current evidence.

There will be some exceptions – where people have received specific advice to shield themselves by their own clinician. This is advice that they are likely to have had to take regardless of the pandemic, they should continue to follow this personalised advice if advised by their clinician.

Despite not reintroducing the advice to follow shielding measures, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales has recognised that some people in this group will feel concerned at seeing the rising number of cases. There are people who are particularly vulnerable who may feel concerned about the level of response to the vaccine in their particular cases because of a known weakened immune system. There may be other people who have been unable to take the vaccine due to their medical condition. To provide some reassurance, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales will be writing to all those on the shielding patient list. The letter includes information about vaccine effectiveness and encourages those who have not yet taken up the offer to do so, it also emphasises the importance of receiving both doses. In addition to this, the letter provides advice on how to minimise personal risk and highlights the measures that the Welsh Government will be retaining as legal requirements at level 0. Level 0 is expected to start on 7 August 2021.

Read the Chied Mediacl Officer’s full statement and letter that will be sent out to the shielding list here.