Shielding extended to 31 March and more people added to shielding list

Covid

ALMOST 4,600 further people in Liverpool are to be added to the shielding list.

The move has come after improved modelling has led to more people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and therefore more susceptible to developing Covid-19. The people to be added will be contacted by email or letter starting today and advised on the precautions they should take to protect their health.

Also, anyone who is already shielding, about 50,000 people in Liverpool, will be advised that shielding should continue until 31 March with emails or letters being sent by the end of this week.

The new additions to the shielding list will have a combination of risk factors which may include pre-existing conditions, BMI, and ethnicity. The modelling, developed by Oxford University, also uses postcodes which are used as a possible indication of deprivation.

Anyone added to the list will also be prioritised for the Covid vaccination and will be able to access priority supermarket delivery slots, medicine deliveries, and will also receive a letter that can be used with employers to access for statutory sick pay.

People who have concerns about being added to the list should contact to their GP in the first instance.

Nationally a further 1.7m people are being added to the list.

Information and advice about shielding is available on the Liverpool City Council website.

Community support services are also listed on the Live Well Directory.