An additional 1.7 million people in England have been advised to shield and to be prioritised for vaccination, under new Government guidance.
Those joining the list of patients identified as clinically extremely vulnerable include 820,000 adults aged between 19 and 69 years who have a combination of specific multiple risk factors. These include: age, ethnicity and body mass index (BMI), as well as certain medical conditions and treatments.
Also in this group are people aged over 70 years old, who are already eligible for vaccination. In total around 1.7 million patients will be added to the CEV list. Shielded patient services, including the NHS COVID home delivery service, will also be extended in England until 31 March.
In a letter, GPs are advised that affected patients will be advised directly of their classification and the patient’s SPL status will be automatically flagged on GPs’ systems.
CEV individuals have had both doses of the vaccine are still recommended to follow shielding advice until vaccine effectiveness has been formally assessed.