From 19th July 2021 in England most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted. For more information see Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July. Further announcements regarding the possible lifting of restrictions are being made across the rest of the UK, but it is likely that there will be further easing of restrictions over the next few weeks and months.
We’ve updated our information to help you make informed choices
If you have Crohn’s or Colitis you may have concerns about what the easing of restrictions means for you. We've updated our Coronavirus page where you will find tools to check your risk level and information to help you make personal decisions about how to keep yourself safe.
Not everyone with Crohn's or Colitis will have an increased risk of complications from coronavirus, but some may need to take extra precautions. We've updated our risk level information to help you understand what your risk level means for you.
Vaccination is the single most effective way of reducing your risk of catching COVID-19. It also reduces your risk of developing serious illness if you do catch it. As restrictions ease, it is important to get fully vaccinated. We've updated our Vaccines page with information on effectiveness, antibody testing and plans for the booster vaccine, so you can stay informed and make the right decision for you.
We've also updated our Work and Finance page with information to help you if you are concerned about your situation at work and your finances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re speaking up for you
We’ve been working with other charities to ensure that people with Crohn’s or Colitis, and other health conditions which may put them at increased risk, are considered as decisions are made about restrictions easing and prioritisation for the booster vaccine. This includes regular meetings with the Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP.
Together with nearly 60 other charities, we supported a letter from National Voices – the leading coalition of health and social care charities in England. The letter asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP to urgently reconsider the decision to lift virtually all infection control measures.
As restrictions are eased, we will continue to call for:
- Clear guidance and support for people who may be at increased risk.
- Protection and flexibility in the workplace, including the ability to continue working from home.
- More research so we can better understand how well the vaccines work for people whose immune system may be compromised or suppressed due to the medication they take or a specific health condition.
We would really like to hear from you if you are willing to share your story about how you feel about restrictions easing.
We know this time might be difficult. Remember, we're here for you. If you need support and resources, you can find them on the Wellbeing section of our website, or speak to our Helpline on 0300 2225700 or via Live Chat.