IMAGE DESCRIPTION: An image of a person of colour shielding inside with a Covid mask on to represent why they are shielding. With the title of the blog and the ME Association (bottom right).

April 2022: Govt. Advice for people who were considered ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’

Gov UK website information

‘You may previously have received a letter or email identifying you as someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), and you may have been advised to shield during earlier stages of the pandemic.

‘Most people who were identified as CEV are now well protected after receiving their primary and booster vaccination doses. For most people who were CEV, you are no longer at substantially greater risk than the general population, and you are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else on staying safe and preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as any further advice you may have received from your doctor…

‘There is no longer separate guidance for people previously identified as CEV, although we recommend anyone with underlying health conditions takes care to avoid routine coughs, colds and other respiratory viruses.

‘If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated. Evidence indicates that completion of your primary course of COVID-19 vaccine (either 2 or 3 doses) provides very effective protection against hospitalisation. It usually takes around 2 to 3 weeks for your body to develop its protective response.

‘To maintain this high level of protection you should also get a booster vaccine for COVID-19 when offered. The booster programme is open to every adult who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least 3 months ago. You should continue to follow the same guidance as the general public on staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

‘There remains a smaller number of people who, in spite of vaccination, are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. This is due to a weakened immune system (immunosuppressed) or specific other medical conditions and requires enhanced protections such as those offered by antibody and antiviral treatments, additional vaccinations and potentially other non-clinical interventions. See guidance for people whose immune system means they are at higher risk.'

Asking the community

Join the conversation on social media where we ask the community – ‘If you have ME/CFS, are you still ‘shielding' against Covid despite having the vaccinations?'

Russell Fleming
MEA Communications Manager

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