16 December 2021
The Government will continue to assess the situation and the risks posed by Omicron and, based on clinical advice, will respond accordingly to keep the most vulnerable safe. Introducing face coverings, mandatory certification and working from home will help to reduce transmission, and add a further layer of protection for the most vulnerable.
Those previously identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) should follow the same guidance as everyone else and consider advice from their health professional on whether additional precautions are right for them. Extra precautions their GP might recommend could include:
● considering whether those you are meeting have been vaccinated – you might want to wait until 14 days after others’ second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with them, or asking friends and family to take a rapid lateral flow antigen test before visiting you.
● considering continuing to practice social distancing if that feels right for you and your friends.
Read the guidance Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.