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Keeping safe and looking after yourself

We know that many of you are having to do without your care or support workers, either because services are not available, or because it’s too risky for you at the moment. 

All clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people should be offered vaccinations by the end of February.  You can ask your doctor or other medical professional about the vaccine.  It might be that you will need to wait a little longer for a different vaccine, but you are a priority. 

Do remember that though the vaccinations currently underway are helping stop the spread of the virus, they take a while to work fully, and we still need to take care, self-isolate and shield. 

This means that it is especially important that you make sure that you have enough food, and that your prescriptions and other essentials are to hand. 

Unlike the first lock-down, the online supermarkets do not yet have priority delivery slots, but this is something that we are actively asking then to put back in place. Ware also asking that they suspend the minimum order valueas you might urgently needed delivery but not want to spend that much.  

If you already running short, especially of medicines, speak to somebody sooner rather than later.  Please also be aware that if you order medical or health supplies from Europe, these are now subject to duty, and you may have to pay a large fee. This won't show when you buy, but you have to pay this before you can receive your order, so do take care.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can find out what state support you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus

You can also call on the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme for things like food shopping, having medicines collected, and for social support too.  

Many local authorities are also offering practical help, food deliveries and possible financial support. 

 

Looking after yourself 

Many of us are experiencing a great deal of stress at this difficult time,  and may be struggling with difficult feelings.
 
The NHS have put together these tips to help with your mental wellbeing, and these breathing and relaxation exercises for stress

You can also get urgent help from Mental health charities and organisations

Mind have some things to consider and tips to help too

NHS list of metal health charities and organisations

 
All Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people should be vaccinated by mid-February and care workers, including personal assistants have been prioritised for vaccination too. 

This means that those of you who have stopped personal care visits because of health concerns might be able to start them again soon. 

Vitamin D can help to fight COVID-29 in some cases.  You can make 1 application to Get free vitamin D supplements if you're at high risk. You will need to apply before Sunday 21 February 2021.  

It’s also critical that you have someone to speak with or to help you if you are finding things especially difficult. 

You can find help and support through NHS Volunteer Responders local charities and other community support groups in your area. 

There has been some talk about ‘pandemic fatigue’, a frightening scenario where some people refuse to shield and follow guidance and make it unsafe for everyone.  
 
If this were case it would not be safe to leave the house even for exercise, and you might be worried about contact with other people who you depend on for care, or vital supplies of food and medicines. 

We are pleased to say that generally, people are taking a great deal of care, and this is not what is happening. Of course, we should continue to follow guidance on masks, social distancing and hygiene.  

If for any reason you don’t feel that you are coping and that you need extra help, there are many people who are willing to offer their time and support, and resources that you can access, including counselling and emotional support.