Guidance on coronavirus for people who have lymphoma: England

The government in England has published guidance for people who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill if they develop COVID-19. The government uses the term ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ (CEV) to describe people in this group. It includes people who are affected by lymphoma.

View the full government guidelines on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

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Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people in England from 19 July

Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people in England from 19 July

The government in England updated its guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people on 19 July, when most restrictions in England ended.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to follow the national guidance that applies to everybody in England. In addition, the government recommends extra precautions you might want to consider to reduce your risk of infection. 

  • Have both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and book your booster jab when you are offered it (expected to be available for priority groups from September, although this could change).
  • There is no longer a limit on the number of people you are allowed to meet indoors or outdoors in England. Whether or not you choose to see more people is a personal decision. If you do, think about precautions you might want to take.
    • Think about the number of people you choose to see. The fewer people you interact with, and the shorter you keep your interactions, the lower your risk.
    • It is up to you whether or not to keep a distance from other people. If you choose to, you might find our 'distance aware' badge a helpful reminder to everyone to give you space when possible.
    • Think about the risks of close contact when you meet family and friends. If you feel uncomfortable with close contact, let them know.
    • Consider asking friends and family to take a lateral flow test before meeting up with you.
    • Consider whether you and the people you are meeting have been vaccinated. You might want to wait until 14 days after your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with others.
    • Meet other people outside if you can, where the risk of infection is lower.
    • If you choose to meet indoors, keep windows and doors open to let plenty of fresh air inside.
    • Do not meet up with anybody who has symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough and/or a loss of or change in sense of taste or smell) or who is self-isolating.
  • The government in England is no longer instructing people to work from home. It is expected that a return to the workplace will happen gradually over the summer.
  • Although face coverings are no longer legally required in most places in England, the government still recommends everyone to wear them in crowded places (such as shops or on public transport) or when you come into contact with people you don’t usually meet. 
  • You can go to the shops if you choose, but you might prefer to shop online or ask friends or family to shop for you.
    • If you go to the shops, try to go at a quiet time of day.
    • You could choose to wear a face covering. Although this is not legally required in England from 19 July, the government still recommends and encourages it.
  • Wash your hands often using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser if hand-washing facilities aren’t available.
  • Self-isolate and get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Continue to go to hospital or GP appointments unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Some appointments might be carried out remotely (for example, by phone or online). NHS Health at home has more information on accessing healthcare remotely. In-person appointments are still happening when they are needed. Healthcare settings are still required to have appropriate measures in place to reduce the risk of infection, including social distancing and mandatory face coverings.
  • The NHS volunteer responders scheme is still available if you need help getting food or medicine, or for help with transport to and from medical appointments. Contact them by phone on 0808 196 3646.

If you need support, the government has produced information on getting help with daily activities.

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