Find out the latest updates in government guidance for people affected by Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinaemia.

Last updated: 23 September 2021

Please be advised that the following updates are for England only. Please see the individual websites for updates from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Restrictions eased

As of 19 July, there are no longer any social distancing restrictions in England. However, COVID-19 still remains a risk, and the standard guidance remains in place:

  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a face covering in busy places or when in contact with people you don’t usually meet
  • Get vaccinated
  • Ensure good ventilation when meeting others inside
  • Isolate if you test positive for the virus

Read the latest government guidance.

Shielding programme ended

As of the 15 September the Government brought an end to the shielding programme in England . The programme gave specific advice to people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, to give them more protection from the virus. People who were a part of the shielding programme should now follow the general COVID-19 guidance.

We understand that this is a worry for many in the Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinaemia community. Read our advice on keeping yourself as safe as you can.

Read the Government’s full press release about the end of shielding.

Third vaccination available

People classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, including those with WM, are being called in to get a third COVID-19 vaccination. This follow research that suggests that people with compromised immune systems saw a boost in antibodies from the first vaccination to the second. Immunocompromised people might not have the same protection as the general population, so doctors hope that a third vaccination will offer another level of protection to this more vulnerable group.

Remember, antibodies aren’t the only measure of immunity, and so getting a third vaccine is important even if your antibodies are still low after the second dose.

People with WM should receive a letter from their GP or hospital notifying them of the third vaccine. If you do not receive this letter, or your GP isn’t aware of the third vaccine, you might like to show them this letter from the Government.

Read the press release on the JCVI advice.

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