Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride has reviewed the current advice on shielding and will not be making changes at this stage.
Shielding for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable was paused on 31 July 2020 and it has been decided to keep that position.
Speaking today, Dr McBride said: “Since shielding was first advised, a number of important changes have taken place in our approach to managing coronavirus and reducing its transmission. This includes a greater awareness of the importance of social distancing, the requirement to use face coverings, Covid-19 secure workplaces and greater adherence to respiratory and hand hygiene.
“Having carefully weighed up all the evidence, including the impact on mental health and I have decided that shielding should remain paused at this stage.
“If you are clinically extremely vulnerable then it is of course important to take extra precautions and follow the public health advice. Continue to be particularly careful in following the advice on limiting household contacts, keeping social distance, hand washing and wearing a face covering.”
In concluding, Dr McBride stressed that the position will be kept under review. He said: “We will continue to review this position and will not hesitate to take action and update the advice if the need arises. I urge everyone to continue to take practical steps to keep themselves and others safe. Wash hands, cover face, make space.”
Further guidance is available on nidirect at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-and-vulnerable-people