By Alex Metcalfe | LDRS

Vulnerable folk shielding during the latest lockdown should continue to do so after they’ve received COVID jabs, according to Government chiefs.

Vaccines are being rolled out to the over 80s and health workers at the moment across Teesside – with some people receiving their second jabs.

But there have been questions about how much vulnerable people can do once they’ve received their first and second vaccine doses.

Lockdown rules urge everyone to stay at home unless necessary for shopping, going to work if you can’t work from home, or exercising once a day.

Those who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable have been advised they should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or “if it is essential”. They’ve also been told not go to the shops.

The Department of Health and Social Care told the Local Democracy Reporting Service people who have been asked to shield should continue to follow shielding advice “until further notice” – even after receiving a COVID vaccine.

A DHSC spokesman said: “People who are clinically vulnerable are at the front of the queue to receive a vaccination against COVID-19.

“Even after receiving a vaccine, people who have been asked to shield should continue to follow shielding advice until further notice, as we continue to assess the impact of vaccination among all groups.”

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out a priority list of who will receive jabs first with older care home residents, their carers, over 80s and front-line health workers top of the list.

All those over 75s are next followed by over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.

Leaders are aiming to carry out two million vaccinations every week – with a promise to immunise more than 13m in the top priority groups by the middle of next month.

Officials say the vaccine cannot give you a COVID-19 infection and a full course will reduce your chances of becoming seriously unwell.

But health chiefs don’t yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus – and have urged people to keep following COVID guidance after they receive their jab.

Leaders say all clinically vulnerable people will be contacted with more information on when and how they will be invited to get the vaccine.

People living with the extremely vulnerable have also been urged to continue following public health rules and guidance as long as they are in place – including if both parties have received the vaccine.

JCVI priority list

1.   All those 80 years of age and over and front-line health and social care workers

2.   All those 75 years of age and over

3.   All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

4.   All those 65 years of age and over

5.   All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of disease and mortality

6.   All those 60 years of age and over

7.   All those 55 years of age and over

8.   All those 50 years of age and over