Doncaster residents urged to ‘be considerate’ to protect borough’s vulnerable population

More than 23,000 people in Doncaster are classed as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ (CEV) and, while we’re all trying to get back to normal, everyone must play their part in protecting the borough’s CEV population.

That’s the message from Doncaster’s director of public health Dr Rupert Suckling, who is urging Doncaster residents to ‘be considerate’ of those around them, following the lifting of restrictions in July.

“For the CEV members of our community, this is still a very anxious time and we need to consider how we can make their lives a little bit easier after what has been a particularly challenging time for them, since the pandemic began," said Dr Suckling.

“Despite the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions across the country recently, Doncaster’s infection rate is still high and while the link between infection and hospitalisation has been weakened, it’s not been completely broken. Plus, there is the possibility of developing long covid to consider. Therefore, we need to do everything we can to reduce transmission and, particularly, protect the vulnerable living here in the borough.

“By being considerate of those around us, being mindful of others’ personal space and wearing a face covering in indoor spaces, everyone can play their part in protecting those around them.

“The pandemic is not over, especially for those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, and it’s important we do all we can to support our fellow residents whenever possible.”

According to the latest data, 23,016 people in Doncaster are classed as CEV, with more than 3,000 under the age of 40.

Dr Suckling, said: “For anyone who is in the CEV group there are still steps you can take. Vaccination remains the most effective form of protection, even for the most vulnerable, and for anyone concerned about their physical or mental wellbeing I would urge them to contact their GP practice or specialist.

“Community support is also available, and more information can be found on the Your Life Doncaster website or via the Social Isolation Alliance.”

For further information for support available, visit https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/health-wellbeing/advice-for-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-cev-people

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Last updated: 09 August 2021 09:23:53