People who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid (CEV) because they have other health conditions are being advised to shield as Essex has moved to Tier 4 from 20 December 2020.
The latest advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable is officially in place for the next two weeks but is expected to remain for at least the next four weeks.
Letters are being sent out by central government to the CEV, as well as texts and emails by ECC, supported by visits from local districts, where possible.
The advice to people who are CEV who live in areas of Essex under Tier 4 restrictions is to shield, ensuring access to food and essentials, and ensuring their basic support needs are met.
The National Shielding Service has been reactivated, providing support with shopping or local support. At a local level, if you are CEV and have no support, the Essex Wellbeing Service is here for you and can support you with accessing priority supermarket shopping slots, practical or emotional support and befriending support via a phone buddy. The number is 0300 303 9988.
Essex has at least 62,400 people identified as CEV. Families should seek advice from their GP or specialist clinician, to understand whether their child/ren should be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.
Essex Wellbeing Service (EWS) is a single point of access to the practical, emotional and specialist support they need, irrespective of their circumstances. Practical support on offer ranges from help accessing priority supermarket shopping slots, volunteers collecting medicines and befriending support via a phone buddy.
Residents can access the Essex Wellbeing Service by calling 0300 303 9988 or visiting www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk It is open until 5pm on Christmas Eve and for emergency support only between 10am-12pm on Christmas Day and 10am-1pm on 26, 27 and 28 December. Normal service resumes between 29-31 December. EWS will be closed on New Year’s Day with a normal service resuming again on Saturday 2 January.
Government guidance to CEV people is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#cev