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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Advice if you're at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

If you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable this page explains how you can help protect yourself from coronavirus.


We understand that as restrictions are eased across the country this can be a difficult time for those who are at higher risk from the virus. If you need any support now or in the future to help you adapt practically, physically or emotionally, our community hub can help you.

To contact the hub, call 03000 260 260 or email

The country moved to Step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July and you are now recommended to follow the same guidance as everyone else, however, as you could become seriously ill if you caught Covid-19 you may want to think about additional precautions to protect yourself.

How to help protect yourself

  • meeting outside if possible or make sure you have doors or windows open 
  • consider whether you and those you are meeting have had Covid jabs - you might want to wait until 14 days after your second jab before being in close contact with others
  • wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
  • Follow government guidance at Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own on wearing face coverings in public spaces and on public transport 
  • 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

Benefits of vaccination

A recent study by Public Health England (PHE), which looked at more than 1 million people in at-risk groups, found that people who struggle to fight infections are significantly better protected after the second Covid-19 jab.

If you have not yet received your first dose, please contact your GP, book your vaccination appointment online or call 119. If you have not yet had your second dose, you may wish to continue to keep the number of people you meet low and try to reduce the amount of time you spend in places where you are unable to maintain social distancing. 

Work and school

Your employer may continue to apply social distancing and other measures such as face coverings, ventilation and hand hygiene. This is part of your employers responsibility to protect you and others from the risks of COVID 19. 

Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and students should continue to attend their school or other educational settings. Speak directly to the school if you have any concerns.

Ask a question

If this page doesn't answer your question, you can use our COVID-19 general enquiry form and we will get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

Contact us
County Durham Together Community Hub
03000 260 260