The government issued guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to accompany Step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July 2021. The full guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website but here is a summary of the main points.
The changes at Step 4 apply to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, however the government continues to advise you to think about extra steps which you may wish to take to protect yourself.
These steps include:
- meeting outside if possible
- making sure the space is well ventilated if you meet inside; open windows and doors or take other action to let in plenty of fresh air.
- considering whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated - you might want to wait until 21 days after your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with others
- working from home where possible
- washing your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
The most important message remains ensure that you (and those in your household) have both doses of the vaccination.
There is little reduction in vaccine effectiveness compared to those not in high-risk groups but the effectiveness of the vaccine increases greatly for some people after the second dose.
Until further information becomes available about vaccine effectiveness, vaccinated patients with immunosuppression are advised to continue to follow advice to reduce the chance of exposure.
Anyone who is concerned should speak to their GP or clinician for more advice specific to their condition.