A small group of people fall into the category of people whose immune system means they are at higher risk of COVID-19.
People in this group, and who should follow this guidance on keeping yourself safe, have been identified in one of two ways:
1. Eligibility for a third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
2. Eligibility for new treatments for COVID-19
There is quite specific and detailed guidance around who falls into these groups. If you do, you should already know through being invited for a 3rd Primary (and then a first booster) vaccine, and/ or through receiving a letter and a PCR test to help you access antivirals quickly if that became necessary.
Government guidance states that if you are in one of these two groups, we advise you to:
- ensure you have had all of the vaccines you are eligible to receive, including your booster
- continue to follow any condition-specific advice you may have been given by your specialist
- work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home, speak to your employer about what temporary arrangements they can make to reduce your risk
- wait until 14 days after another person’s most recent dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with them
- avoid enclosed crowded spaces
- practice social distancing if that feels right for you and your friends
- ventilate your home by opening windows and doors to let fresh air in
- ask friends and family to take a rapid lateral flow antigen test before visiting you
- ask home visitors to wear face coverings
- wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face