Extension to the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Cohort
The following information was provided by the Community Partnerships Team at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council on 18 February 2021:
On 16th February 2021, central government announced that a further 1.7 million people are being added to the national list of those classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and advised to shield. This is in response to the QCovid University of Oxford modelling undertaken to provide a more nuanced assessment of an individual’s risk of hospitalisation or death if they contract Covid. Factors such as gender at birth, ethnicity, body mass index, deprivation (by postcode) and medical conditions are all combined to determine a risk score. Those scoring over an undisclosed threshold have been added to the CEV list.
This new CEV cohort has been added firstly to expedite faster access to vaccinations for those affected, and secondly to make those affected more aware of their Covid risk levels, and therefore to advise them to shield. In terms of vaccinations, most of the new CEVs in the 19-70 age bracket would previously have been in priority group 6, but are now in priority group 4. Health partners will now be prioritising this new CEV cohort in their vaccination roll out.
More information on the changes can be found here.
Reigate & Banstead Response
Residents that have been added to the CEV cohort following this latest announcement will receive a letter or email from the Department of Health and Social Care (see the attached letter) and a text message from Surrey County Council. They will be given the opportunity to register to indicate if they need support. If they do need support they will then be contacted by a member of our welfare response team in Reigate & Banstead.
We are also in the process of identifying which of this new CEV cohort are most vulnerable, and prioritising those for proactive contact, to ensure they are aware of support available to them, are able to shield and have access to food and medicine.
We are receiving the data on the new CEV cohort in two batches. The first batch that we have received covers those aged 19-70yrs and this reflects a 29% increase in our CEV numbers in the borough (1477 people). Next week we will receive the details of those that are over 70yrs and we expect these numbers to be even higher.
How you can help
Residents that receive letters about this change may be confused, have questions or be concerned about others who they have been supporting to access food, medicine and support. So please encourage them to look at the information on the government website and – if they are facing issues accessing food or other support – to visit our website (www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/ineedhelp) or to call our welfare team on 01737 276000 and select option 1 for COVID support.