By February 2021 more than 4 million people across the UK had been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and advised to shield.
Our briefing shows the scale of the challenge of ensuring that the most clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 are kept safe, and in providing high-quality health and social care during the pandemic. It also indicates that there are substantial unmet needs that should be prioritised to ensure that the mental and physical health of this group does not deteriorate further.
In this briefing, we:
– present analysis from the Networked Data Lab on the impact the pandemic has had on the clinically extremely vulnerable population
– assess the mental health of people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable
– examine the data on access to care for clinically extremely vulnerable
– assess the limitations to the use of an algorithm-driven approach to identifying the clinically extremely vulnerable population which were exacerbated by poor availability of high-quality data.