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The return of shielding: Boris Johnson tells 2.2million vulnerable people to isolate until they are vaccinated against coronavirus Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tough new restrictions on Monday Those with severe underlying health conditions will once more be required to shield despite concerns about the impact this could have on their mental health   The new rules also included reintroducing the 'Protect the NHS' slogan

By Eleanor Hayward Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:36 GMT, 4 January 2021 | Updated: 04:46 GMT, 5 January 2021

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Millions of clinically vulnerable people were ordered on Monday night to stay indoors until they are vaccinated.

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The Prime Minister has brought back 'shielding' guidance for people with severe underlying health conditions.

He said: 'If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, we are advising you to begin shielding again and you will shortly receive a letter about what this means for you.'

More than 2.2million people in England - almost four per cent of the population - are on the NHS Digital shielded patients list.

They have been told to stay at home and only leave for medical appointments and exercise, and not to go to work even if they cannot work from home.

However, Mr Johnson pledged that everyone who is on the shielding list will be offered the vaccine by the middle of February.

He added: 'If we succeed in vaccinating all those groups we will have removed huge numbers of people from the path of the virus. That will eventually enable us to lift many of the restrictions.' 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tough new restrictions on Monday night aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tough new restrictions on Monday night aimed at curbing the

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