Expansion of the number of people being asked to shield

An extra 1.7 million people are expected to be added to the 2.3 million already on the list being asked to shield in England. In Slough, the numbers have increased from 4,000 to 6,000.

Half of the group have not yet been vaccinated so will now be prioritised urgently by their local GPs.

Ethnicity, deprivation (by postcode) and weight have been used to work out a person’s risk of becoming seriously ill if they were to catch Covid as well as underlying health issues.

They are now being sent letters by the NHS informing them of their new status, which means they are entitled to statutory sick pay, prioritisation for online shopping slots and help collecting medicines. All those shielding can access One Slough support services – food, prescription pick-ups and wellbeing calls.