The Government has identified 1.5 million people in England as extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and at risk of being hospitalised. These people have been, or will be, contacted by NHS England.
This group of people are being strongly advised to stay home at all times and avoid face-to-face contact with others for at least 12 weeks. They should not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
If you are in this group, please ensure you register on the Gov.uk website. This will enable you to get help with things like deliveries of food and essentials.
You can register here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable.
The people being defined as extremely vulnerable to coronavirus are the following:
- Solid organ transplant recipients.
- 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.
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
- People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID and homozygous sickle cell).
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
If you think you are an extremely vulnerable person but have not been contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March, you should contact a doctor or your GP.
Please also share this with anyone you know who may be in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ group.