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
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and have questions about when and how you will receive your vaccination, you can find the latest information about the vaccination programe on Dorset CCG's vaccination website.
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 (Mon - Fri 9am-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.