Covid-19 & ME/CFS – Clinically Vulnerable Adults

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This letter can be used if you need to assert your right to be considered a clinically vulnerable person with M.E. during the Covid-19 restrictions. It has been updated with useful links to the very latest information.

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Updated: November 2020

To Whom it may concern

People with a diagnosis of ME/CFS are clinical vulnerable to Covid-19 infection

“We would be very grateful if you could provide additional help and support to people who are struggling to cope with myalgic encephalomyelitis also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) at this very difficult time.

About Covid-19

“In relation to COVID-19 infection, the Government has stated that anyone who is entitled to a flu vaccine on the NHS should be regarded as ‘clinically vulnerable’, or at increased risk of infection, and most people with ME/CFS will fit into this category or may be eligible because of their age etc.

“Those who are clinically vulnerable will need to pay particular attention to the advice currently in place, to stay at home where possible (and work from home if applicable) unless they are in education, limit social contacts, practice stringent social distancing measures, maintain a high level of personal and household hygiene, and use a face covering (mask) while encouraging others to do so as well.

“People with ME/CFS are deserving of extra support where required. Because this condition affects a person’s ability to function, they will often be unable to access essential services and will be more dependent than before on the help and understanding of others…”

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.

ME CONNECT HELPLINE

0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.