Shielding advice updates

Find current shielding advice in your nation for people considered clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Guidance on protecting those at most risk of the effects of Covid-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable) continues to be updated.

It's understandable that these changes might mean that you feel pressure to make a decision about whether you can – or should – leave your home, and you may feel anxious about whether this is safe for you. This information will help you to understand the advice in your area. 

Information is correct as of 14 May 2021.

Why is shielding guidance changing? What's my risk as a woman with ovarian cancer?

Since March 2020, at a time when the rate of Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection was high, shielding was recommended for people who were considered extremely vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus. This included women with ovarian cancer who are having chemotherapy or some other targeted cancer treatments, including PARP inhibitors.

The latest evidence shows that the chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus has continued to decline. This means shielding has been paused across the UK. Should the level of the disease in the community rise in the future, it may be necessary to advise that more restrictive measures should be taken in order for those at highest risk to keep themselves safe.

It’s natural to worry about the risk of coronavirus to you, and to want to know your level of risk. While it's not possible to predict anyone’s risk exactly, your healthcare team will be able to talk you through your level of risk and what that means for you.

What is the shielding advice across the UK?

England

People considered clinically extremely vulnerable in England are no longer being advised to shield and should follow the same restrictions as the general public. You're also advised to take extra precautions to keep yourself safe. 

Read the England update on shielding

Scotland

People considered clinically extremely vulnerable in Scotland are being advised to follow the general advice for their local protection level. You're also advised to take extra precautions to keep yourself safe. 

Read the Scotland update on shielding

Wales

People considered clinically extremely vulnerable in Wales are no longer being advised to shield and should follow the same restrictions as the general public. You're also advised to take extra precautions to keep yourself safe.

Read the Wales update on shielding

Northern Ireland

People considered clinically extremely vulnerable in Northern Ireland are no longer being advised to shield and should follow the same restrictions as the general public. You're also advised to take extra precautions to keep yourself safe.

Read the Northern Ireland update on shielding

What's the advice about returning to work?

England

Everyone, including those considered clinically extremely vulnerable, is advised to work from home if they can. If you can't work from home you can go to work as long as your workplace has measures in place to make it Covid-secure (reduce the risk to employees).

Your employer may be able to furlough you under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until the end of September 2021. You may want to have a conversation with your employer about whether this is possible.

Scotland

Everyone who lives or works in an area that’s in Level 4, including those considered clinically extremely vulnerable, is advised to work from home. 

At Level 3 you can return to work in the workplace as long as your employer has measures in place to make it Covid-secure (reduce the risk to employees).

Wales

Everyone, including those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable, is advised to work from home if they can.

You can go to work as long as your workplace has measures in place to make it Covid-secure (reduce the risk to employees). Your employer should complete a risk assessment with you to help you stay safe. 

In certain circumstances your employer may be able to furlough you under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until the end of September 2021. You may want to have a conversation with your employer about whether this is possible.

Northern Ireland

Everyone, including those considered clinically extremely vulnerable, is advised to work from home where if they can. 

You can go to work as long as your workplace has measures in place to make it Covid-secure (reduced the risk to employees) and you're able to social distance when travelling to work.

Please remember that you can always call our support line on 020 7923 5475 (9am–5.30pm, Monday–Friday) and speak to one of our specialist nurses if you have any concerns or questions or just need someone to talk to. 

 


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