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Vulnerable groups and the over 70s

Changes to shielding

A new group of people have been identified through the COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment as potentially being at high risk of serious illness if they catch the virus.

If you’ve been told to shield, you’re strongly advised not to attend work, school, college or university. You can read the updated guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

You can read this information in large print and other languages here.

If you can’t go out to shop for food or collect your prescriptions, help from family and friends is the best option. If you don’t have friends or family locally, there is still help available and the options are detailed here.

Care homes

The Council’s Adults’ Services teams are working in partnership with care providers across the borough.

Due to social distancing and the need to protect vulnerable groups, visits to all care homes managed by Bedford Borough Council have been stopped.

All our care homes have put plans in place for contact to continue through video and telephone calls. Where it is safe to do so homes will also offer window visits, but please contact the home before you visit.

Dementia and coronavirus

If you are living with, or supporting those with dementia, the Alzheimer's Society has coronavirus information for people affected by dementia including:

  • supporting a person with dementia at home
  • activity ideas for people living with dementia
  • support for a person with dementia living alone
  • supporting a person with dementia from a distance 
  • how the Alzheimer's Society can help