Lifting of Restrictions
The Pituitary Foundation understand that for our pituitary community, the lifting of restrictions in England on 19 July might be a concern.
Those with adrenal insufficiency and diabetes insipidus fall into the vulnerable category, and are not at significant increased risk of contracting coronavirus. However, they may become more unwell if the virus is caught, despite having their two vaccine doses. Vaccination minimises the severity of disease but does not guarantee people will not become infected. Please see the sick day rules here
The government are planning to roll out the booster vaccine from September, with allocation priority broadly following that of the original vaccination schedule.
Lifting restrictions does not mean that the risks from COVID-19 have disappeared. Instead it marks a new phase in the Government’s response to the pandemic during which people need to manage the risks to themselves and others as the country learns to live with the virus. Building on the updated guidance on meeting friends and family, announced as part of step 3, the Government will provide advisory guidance on how people can manage the risks to themselves and to others. It sets out how the following behaviours are beneficial:
- Meeting in well-ventilated areas where possible, such as outdoors or indoors with windows open.
- Wearing a face covering where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
- Washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
- Covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze.
- Staying at home if unwell, to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community.
- Considering individual risks, such as clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status.