What to do if your immune system means you are at higher risk if you catch an infection.
On 4 April 2022 the government published its reviewed guidance: COVID-19: guidance for people whose immune system means they are at higher risk.
The success of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme has meant that the requirement for shielding and identifying people as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) is no longer necessary. However, there remains a smaller number of people whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, despite vaccination.
If you are in this category, you are advised to read the government guidance to ensure you know what enhanced protections are recommended for you from the NHS.
You are no longer expected to remain at home and may return to campus to work.
If some of your work can be undertaken remotely, you may follow our hybrid working guidance, if appropriate.
If your role cannot be undertaken from home, you will be supported back to work on campus with reasonable adjustments considered to reduce your risk. Your line manager may refer you to Workplace Health for specialist advice on reasonable adjustments.
If your role can be undertaken remotely and you are reluctant to return to working on campus, your request to work fully remotely will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Your line manager may refer you to Workplace Health for specialist advice on this, and you may be given permission to work from home until 1 July 2022 when the government will review its guidance for this category of staff.
Your line manager will follow the Guidance for Disabled Staff.
It continues to be the case that the best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination, including a booster dose for all. A second Spring booster dose is available to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for older people, or people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system. You can find out more and book an appointment here.
Those previously classed as clinically extremely vulnerable who have received their vaccination and booster are no longer at substantially greater risk than the general population and are recommended to follow general UCL advice unless advised otherwise by Occupational Health or the healthcare professional treating them. See Government guidance for people previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.