Nearly four million clinically high risk people in England are being informed that they will no longer be advised to be protected as of April 1, which the government announced today.
A spokesman said: “In line with the government’s Covid roadmap released last month, those on the screened patient list can start following national restrictions along with the rest of the population. However, it is still recommended that Take additional precautions to protect yourself from COVID. ” -19.
“Letters to patients will be received starting today and for the next two weeks with updated guidelines. These will provide practical steps people can follow to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, including maintaining strict social distancing and general social contact work at a low level, such as from home if possible.
“The move follows the steady decline in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country in recent weeks.
“Senior clinicians, including Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Dr Jenny Harries, have recommended that the screening recommendation be suspended at the national level from April 1st, backed by the latest scientific evidence and advice.
“With the success of the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination program, more than 9 in 10 people at high risk are now vaccinated with their first dose. However, it is still important that people continue to comply with national regulations and take the extra precautions that are included in EU guidelines are set out to protect yourself as well as possible.
“Local councils and supermarkets will continue to support this shielding until March 31st. If people have already registered for priority access to supermarket delivery points, they can continue to access them until June 21st, 2021.”
“People are still advised to continue working from home whenever possible. However, if this is not possible, employers must take legal action to ensure the safety of COVID-19 in the workplace and discuss this with their employees.
“In February 2021, the government announced a new predictive risk model that will help doctors identify additional people who are at higher cumulative risk for COVID-19 due to the combination of their underlying risk factors.
“The tool identified up to 1.7 million vulnerable people. As of March 6, 2021, the total number of people on the Protected Patient List was up to 3.79 million. As a result, more than 800,000 adults have been prioritized for one to obtain.” Vaccine that is not yet one of the top four priorities in the first stage of vaccination. “
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Dr. Jenny Harries said, “Shielding has always been an advisory measure to protect those who are most clinically at risk in our communities. We recognize how difficult this time has been for so many and what impact it has had on the wellbeing of the people People.
“With the spread of the virus in the community now continuing to decline, the time is right for people to start thinking about relaxing these stricter guidelines.
“Once you’ve been shielded, we highly recommend taking extra precautions after April 1st to keep yourself as safe as possible, such as continuing to watch social distancing and working from home.
“We will continue to monitor all evidence and adjust this advice if infection rates change.”