An extra 1.7 million people in England, some of whom are from Bracknell Forest, have been added to the shielding list in the fight against COVID-19 this week. The government has also extended the shielding period for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable until 31 March 2021.
This comes after clinicians in England used new technology to identify risk factors, which provides new evidence about the impact of COVID-19 on different groups, and who might be most at risk. This adds to the 2.3 million already on the list, and means that over 800,000 adults will now be prioritised to receive a vaccine as part of the current vaccination cohorts.
Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council and Chairman of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said:
"Our residents in this new expanded shielding group will imminently receive letters from the NHS informing them of this, if they haven’t done so already. They will also receive advice in the coming days about what support is available to them, including assistance with shopping and the collection of prescriptions.
"A definition about who falls into the clinically extremely vulnerable group and guidance on shielding is available from GOV.UK.
"All residents, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, must continue to follow the national lockdown guidance, which has been set out by the Government. Thank you to everyone who has been following the stay at home rules – you are making a big difference in our fight against COVID-19 transmission."
Information about how the new group of people who may be at high risk from COVID-19 has been identified, is available from GOV.UK.