Information and advice for vulnerable groups
Who is considered as 'extremely vulnerable'?
1. Solid organ transplant recipients.
2. People with specific cancers:
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
If, I or someone I know is considered extremely vulnerable, what is the advice?
If you or someone you know is considered extremely vulnerable it is strongly advised by the government to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day you receive your letter from the government. Please note that this period of time could change.
What is the council and others doing to help those who are extremely vulnerable?
The NHS is calling for volunteer responders to help the extremely vulnerable, find out how you can get involved.
The government has asked local councils work with other organisations to ensure people, who for medical reasons need to be shielded and isolate themselves can be supported. We are managing this through the organisation of community hubs.
There will be more information posted here this week.
What you need to do