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Advice on keeping yourself safe if you're at high risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)

For most people who are at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (COVID-19), vaccination has significantly reduced this risk.

You can follow the same advice as everyone else on how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.

But some people continue to be at high risk from COVID-19, despite vaccination.

If you or your child continue to be at high risk from COVID-19, there are extra steps you can take to help reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 and keep yourself safe.

Do

  • get vaccinated against COVID-19 – everyone aged 5 and over can book vaccination appointments now

  • continue to wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when it's hard to stay away from other people (particularly indoors or in crowded places)

  • continue to stay at least 2 meters away from people (particularly indoors or in crowded places)

  • try to work from home if you can, or talk to your employer about how they can help reduce your risk at work

  • wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day

  • limit the number of people you meet inside and avoid crowded places

  • meet people outside if possible

  • open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside

  • think about asking people to wear a face covering if meeting them inside

  • think about asking people to take a rapid lateral flow test if meeting them inside

Don’t

  • try not to meet people who have tested positive for COVID-19 until 10 days after they got their positive test result

  • try not to meet people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and have a temperature or feel unwell until they feel better

Page last reviewed: 24 October 2022
Next review due: 24 April 2023