People identified as 'clinically extremely vulnerable' no longer need to shield, as infection rates and hospitalisations continue to fall.
Letters to people on the shielded patient list with updated guidance have been sent out to those who were previously shielding. These set out practical steps people can follow to reduce their risk of catching the virus.
Read the government guidance for people who were previously shielding.
Our Together We Can community response service is still available to provide help with food or household items to anyone who needs it, including those who are unwell or self-isolating. Call the team on 0300 123 7052 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), or visit our Together We Can page.
If you are feeling anxious about leaving your home, especially if you have been shielding, there is support available on our mental health and wellbeing page.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should already have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not yet received your first dose, please contact your GP. Having two doses should further increase your level of protection, however no vaccine is 100% effective and therefore even if you have had both doses, there is still no absolute guarantee that you will not become ill from COVID-19. As such, you should continue to take the extra precautions set out to help protect yourself.
You can find the latest information about the vaccination programe on Dorset CCG's vaccination website.