Official data shows that fifth of Britons considered ‘extremely vulnerable to Covid’ are STILL shielding, despite the fact that guidance was dropped in April.

  • The pandemic was threatening to strike at the 3.7 million Britons.
  • ONS data shows that 22% continued to follow the guidance in the last month.
  • According to the survey, one in twenty people had not moved from their home in the past week.

Despite official guidance falling to April, a fifth were still protected last month.

Around 3.7million people in England were considered most at risk from dying from Covid. They were encouraged to stay home during the worst days of the pandemic.

Official figures show that hundreds of thousands of people continue to go out of their way to protect themselves, despite the fact that the warning was lifted after the second wave of devastating flooding in the spring.

Today’s polling data revealed that 22 percent of the group stayed indoors and avoided social interactions during the month.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 68% of respondents were taking extra precautions like following social distancing or avoiding crowded areas.    

Following the initial lockdown in spring last year, shielding guidance was issued to 2.2 million people in England. This was because they had a pre-existing condition like kidney disease or cancer. The Government then advised that an additional 1.5million people be protected after conducting a Covid population risk assessment.

The graph shows 94 per cent of clinically extremely vulnerable people left home in the week leading up to October 16, meaning six per cent stayed at home. Of those who did venture outside, just 35 per cent socialised with others. The main reasons for leaving home included going to the shops or pharmacy and exercising. For comparisons, in April, when cases had fallen from the winter peak, some 89 per cent of people had left home in the previous week, while 18 per cent had left home to socialise

The graph shows that 94% of clinically extremely fragile people left home during the week leading to October 16. Only 6 percent stayed home. Only 35% of those who did venture out were able to socialize with others. The top reasons for leaving home were to exercise, shop or go to the pharmacy. To give an example, in April, when the winter peak was over, 89% of people had left their homes in the week before, while only 18% had left to go out and socialize. 

The ONS survey found those who continued to shield reported lower life satisfaction — 6.3 out of 10 when the national average is seven out of 10. Both those not shielding and taking precautions (7.2 out of 10) and those living life normally (7.5 out of 10) reported more life satisfaction

The ONS survey found those who continued to shield reported lower life satisfaction — 6.3 out of 10 when the national average is seven out of 10. Both those who did not take precautions (7.2%) or those who lived a normal life (7.5%) reported higher life satisfaction.

Covid vaccinations being compulsory for care home workers had a ‘LITTLE” effect on increasing uptake 

Industry insiders claim that making Covid mandatory for care home workers did not increase uptake. This is despite fears that the NHS workers will be forced to get the vaccines. 

Ministers have made it a law requirement that all elderly care home staff get their second shot by November 11th, or they will lose their job. This is in the interest of protecting vulnerable residents and increasing uptake.  

MailOnline today heard from care executives that the policy was not effective in boosting uptake and was implemented ‘without considering the consequences’. Critics warn that it will increase staff shortages. 

According to the latest figures, only 30,000 care-home workers have sought a vaccine since July’s mandate.

Mike Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group — which represents providers in Yorkshire, said making jabs compulsory only had ‘a little bit of an effect’ on the 1.5million-strong sector.

The ‘no jabs, no jobs’ policy is being introduced by the NHS chiefs ahead of what is expected be a difficult winter. This is despite calls to delay the move until April in order to avoid staff exodus. More than 9 out 10 NHS staff are already jabbed.

Care home employees will have to be double-jabbed by next week in order to continue to work in the sector. However, there could be a loophole that allows unvaccinated employees in the sector to continue to work until two days before Christmas. Care bosses fear this could spark a ‘mass exodus’ just ahead of Christmas Day — derailing family plans. 

The advice was halted April 1, after the second wave of infection was over. Infection levels were low, and the vast majority had been invited to receive their Covid vaccines. 

The programme was officially ended on September 15. The cohort was instructed to follow the national guidelines and to consult a doctor if necessary.

Shielding is the act of staying at home for as long as possible, with the exception of essential reasons like exercising or medical appointments.

The ONS survey of 1,025 clinically extremely vulnerable people in England between October 11 and 16 found nine in 10 were aware that Government guidance to shield had been lifted. 

22 percent of respondents were still adhering to the old advice.

Nearly half of the group had received both vaccines, but 96% said that Covid still posed a major or significant health risk. 

47% said they were’very, somewhat, or very worried’ about the effects of the pandemic on the quality of their lives. Only a fifth said that their mental health was much or slightly better than last month.

The most common reasons people ventured outside were to exercise (58%) and to go to the shops (79%), while only a third went out to socialize. 

Seven in ten people took extra precautions.

One in ten said they weren’t taking extra precautions. 

And those who continued to shield reported lower life satisfaction — 6.3 out of 10 when the national average is seven out of 10.

One in 10 shielders reported feeling lonely more often than the national average, which is six per cent.

Both those who didn’t take precautions (7.2%) and those who lived a normal life (7.5%) reported greater satisfaction in their lives.

Tim Gibbs is the head of the ONS public service analysis group. He stated: “Though shielding in England has ended, many clinically very vulnerable people have continued taking precautions against Covid with almost one-quarter still shielding. 

“This has had an affect on their mental well-being and mental health with one in ten feeling lonely often or always.”