Unpause shielding

Unpause Shielding, and give those that are vulnerable support, this will help those of us that are vulnerable and also ease the minds of family and friends of those that are vulnerable

Why the contribution is important

As a vunerable person, and in my experience durning the lock down being lifted, it has never been safe for us, with the levels of cases now higher than ever, most of us have taken to self isolating to protect ourselves and others, however getting suppose and even understanding has been almost impossible, without shielding in place people don't understand how more at risk we are than others, we're equal to others, yet this cannot be further from the truth. Unpausing shielding, will not only give us support, but put us at ease, in many way help the mental health of many of us.

by ShanMack on October 05, 2020 at 08:27PM

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Based on: 15 votes


  • Posted by Tess37 October 05, 2020 at 21:31

    Shielding should be unpaused to alleviate the fear that the vulnerable face when being forced out to work in jobs where they can work from home. But their employers are insisting that they come into the workplace. The safety net should be there which allows them to do so. As the worry and anxiety they face being forced into situations that they know could kill them if they catch COVID. It is unfair, and that I am afraid is detrimental to someone's mental health and their quality of life. I would rather be safe working at home.
  • Posted by Impala67 October 05, 2020 at 22:38

    I would agree with this, I work in HR and I am coming across many people who have either themselves, or have family members, who were formerly shielding who are utterly terrified at the prospect of returning to work, no matter how stringent our safety measures are. The impact of this on their mental and physical health must be unbearable. Let them continue to shield, and support them to ensure they do not become isolated or financially vulnerable as a result
  • Posted by louise1983 October 06, 2020 at 02:45

    In my case I was shielding through the lockdown and I believe in doing so saved my life and I was luckily to have a my mum and support from my job . I dont take that likely because In fact It saved me not only health wise but during that situation my mental health wouldn't haven't been able to deal with the complications even now Im still scared but its not just the vulnerable to be fair its the hole population people are suffering in different ways. For myself I will continue to panic outside and be very OCD . But in the long run vulnerable people are suffering not only health wise but mental health wise. People need the social interaction and sense to continue our lifes in the new normal
  • Posted by Castiel23 October 11, 2020 at 15:10

    Shielding should be unpaused, I was shielding and I’m part of some groups online for the CEV and the vast majority and terrified and want shielding unpaused. Many have had to quit their jobs and resign as they worked in schools, hospitals and jobs with the public, others are experiencing a lot of distress having to work because shielding is paused. There’s no protection and a lack of understanding, and many people aren’t able to make the decision to shield voluntarily. Elderly people especially only see what’s on TV (if that) my Nan thinks it’s ok as shielding isn’t on. Hopefully we’ll have a vaccine next year, this is temporary
  • Posted by yims October 11, 2020 at 17:22

    I was shielding during lockdown as per my letter from the Scottish Government and continue to be exceptionally careful and have very restricted contact with anyone. I feel that my employer will soon instruct me to return to the work place, despite being able to work from home as a reasonable adjustment. I think there should be government backing for those of us who wish to continue to shield. I do not feel safe due to my increased risk of serious illness if I get this virus. Unfortunately if I am instructed to return I'll have no option. I have been given prioritised online grocery slots which will cease at the end of October, I believe these types of supports also need to continue.
  • Posted by CaroMac October 11, 2020 at 18:28

    I do not think shielding should be un-paused, except as a last resort - I was shielding but am now very very careful when I go out as are the rest of my family. We avoid busy places and do not go to 1m zones. My children are grown but I would have worried if they were still at school or even at college as the school kids do not social distance whatever their age. I think it is helpful to now have access to the local neighbourhood figures, luckily, where we are the figures are very low at the moment. I am fortunate that I am mainly able to work from home and don't interact with many people when I do go into work. It is important to me that working from home is the default as it allows me to manage my risk.
  • Posted by ProtectMe October 11, 2020 at 21:57

    Shielding should be unpaused. I think it's very unhelpful to have the FM describe it as 'unethical'. I am very fearful as cases rise and don't feel at all safe. I work in a school and that adds to my stress. Social distancing is very difficult in schools and I do feel that clinically vulnerable people should be given the option to work from home but that is not happening. We were asked for our opinions before shielding ended and only now are we being given an indication of infection levels in our local area. Infection levels in my area are very high and across the country. If shielding was so imperative when cases were lower, why not now?
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