Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th September 2021.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what resources his Department plans to provide to clinically extremely vulnerable people to improve their awareness of rates of covid-19 in their community; and what steps his Department is taking to protect the health and wellbeing of those people since the end of covid-19 shielding guidance.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are no plans to provide specific resources. However, more information about the rates of COVID-19 in the last seven days in local authority areas is available at the following link:

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is playing a key role in protecting the health and wellbeing of people formerly considered as clinically extremely vulnerable, most of who will be well protected by the vaccine. The vast majority of people who were on the Shielded Patient List will also be eligible for a booster vaccine to help maintain their protection against severe COVID-19. In addition, a range of mental health and wellbeing support is available to everyone, including those previously considered as clinically extremely vulnerable.

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