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Protecting those who are vulnerable to severe illness due to COVID-19

Due to the situation in the Bailiwick it is useful to consider measures to help protect anyone who may be more vulnerable to SARS-CoV2 (Coronavirus).

This page was last updated on 22 February 2021 at 08:45hrs.

Stage 1 of lockdown began on Monday 22 February 2021 across the Bailiwick.

For more on stage 1, please go to the lockdown framework at: http://bit.ly/exitfromlockdown

This guidance is for everyone in the Bailiwick who is classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV). For a definition of CEV, please see the description below.

Current lockdown in stage 1, which applies to everyone, means that you must not leave or be outside your home and garden, except for:

  • Carrying out essential shopping for food or supplies;
  • Essential work;
  • Seeking medical care;
  • For up to four hours recreational activity outdoors;
  • Non-public facing work (complying with business guidance); or
  • Spending time with those in your bubble.

We are advising clinically extremely vulnerable people to stay at home as much as possible.

You can still go outside for exercise or to attend health appointments, but try to keep all contact with others outside of your household to a minimum, and avoid busy areas.

Definition of Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

People with the following conditions are automatically deemed clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • 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 that 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 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
  • adults with Down’s syndrome
  • adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
  • women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
  • other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs.

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