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Coronavirus and Vulnerable - Extremely Vulnerable Patients

Protecting extremely vulnerable people during the lockdown starting 5 November 2020

If you are extremely vulnerable, for guidance on what to do in the lockdown starting the 5th of November please visit:

Do you need help?

If you are 70 or older or have pre-existing health conditions that mean you are eligible for flu jabs then you could be at a higher risk of serious complications from coronavirus. You should follow Government advice and stay at home. Please arrange for family, neighbours and friends or local community groups to deliver the food and medicines you need. If you do not have this support available please register with the Essex Welfare Service at or call 0300 303 998.

Do you need help!

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.

This service is free. You can register yourself, or for someone else.

Vulnerable patients can call 0800 02 88 327 or register online

Do you need help or do you know someone who needs help with getting shopping and/or medication, Southend Borough can help too, please visit: or telephone 01702 212497.

Essex County Council is also able to help patients, please phone 0300 3039987.

Shielding and Protecting Vulnerable People

This guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities, either for the elderly or persons with special needs.

Click here for further information.

Coronavirus Guidance for the Clinically extremely vulnerable

Until 6 July you should continue to shield in line with the current guidance.

From 6 July you can gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors whilst maintaining social distancing and form 'support bubbles' with another household if you live alone.

Shielding support package will be continued until the end of July.

From 1 August you can return to work if necessary and participate in activities such as going to the shops or a place of worship.

From Augusy continue accessing priority supermarket delivery slots and NHS volunteer Responder scheme.

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