Shielding ends tomorrow for more than 3.8 million of the most vulnerable

Those shielding have been told to follow the same rules as everyone else, but many do not feel safe returning to work.

More than 3.8 million people in England and Wales have been told that after today they no longer need to shield from the coronavirus.
From Thursday, the extremely clinically vulnerable, including cancer patients having chemotherapy and stem cell transplant recipients, should follow the same rules as the rest of the population.
A letter sent to the group said shielding has been paused due to falling virus infection rates, but it still urged the most vulnerable to keep social contacts to a minimum and to stay at a distance from other people.
Research from the charity Scope suggests 75% of disabled people plan to continue shielding until after their second vaccine dose.

New rules will apply to 3.8million of the most vulnerable people in England as shielding ends tomorrow.

By now, all shielders should have been offered a first dose of the vaccine, and in some cases a second.

Many shielders are still nervous, given the government has repeatedly said restrictions would end only to bring them back again during a surge.

And there could be fresh reason to worry as many support schemes come to an end, with sick pay for shielders ending tonight and priority supermarket deliveries finishing in June.

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