Updated guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19) – previously known as ‘shielding’

Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Shielding was initially introduced between March and August when the virus was new and the Chief Medical Officer for Wales advised those most at risk to serious harm from coronavirus to stay at home to protect themselves. Since the introduction of shielding, many new safety measures have been introduced in our communities and workplaces, which have reduced the need for such restrictive advice. Asking people to shield at home for a considerable amount of time can cause harm to mental and physical health and so they will not ask people to shield again unless it is absolutely necessary.

This new guidance aims to strike a better balance between providing practical steps to help keeping people safe while reducing some of the potentially harmful impacts on mental and social wellbeing that were associated with previous shielding advice.

The Shielding Patients List is being maintained so that Welsh Government an write again to this group with any updates or if the advice on shielding changes.

Frequently asked questions on shielding can be found here.

 
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