Government Guidance For Those Clinically Extremely Vulnerable(CEV), Particularly Who Are Immunosuppressed

Consider the risks of close contact with others:

  • In crowded spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious
  • In enclosed indoor spaces where there is limited fresh air
  • When COVID-19 disease levels are high in the general community

Take steps to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. For example, you could:

  • Meet outside if possible – the particles containing the virus that causes COVID-19 are quickly blown away which makes it less likely that they will be breathed in by another person
  • Make sure the space is well ventilated if you meet inside; open windows and doors or take other action to let in plenty of fresh air – please see the COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces guidance for more information
  • Consider whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated – you might want to wait until 14 days after everyone’s second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with others
  • Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
  • Consider continuing to practice social distancing if that feels right for you and your friends
  • Asking friends and family to take a lateral flow test before visiting you
  • Ask home visitors to wear face coverings

This advice will be particularly appropriate to those who are immunosuppressed, especially if they have only received one dose of vaccination, or as a precautionary measure for those who have received both vaccinations, given that research in this area is still underway.