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

Last updated: 22 February 2022

Restrictions lifting in England from 24 February

All Covid restrictions will be lifting in England on 24 February with free mass testing ending on 1 April 2022.

  • There is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid
  • You won’t need to test daily or self-isolate if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid.
  • Immunocompromised people will be eligible for another dose of the vaccine 6 months after their last dose – a fifth dose for this group of people
  • Free mass testing will come to an end, although the Government has stated that free tests will still be available to vulnerable people

Restrictions differ from country to country, so be sure to check your region:

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COVID-19 treatments update

From 16 December, antibody and antiviral treatments for COVID-19 will be available to people at risk from serious illness as soon as they test positive for COVID-19. This is a welcome announcement, as the treatments were only previously available to those who were hospitalised and had already developed serious illness.

From 10 February, you will be able to get an assessment for treatment (if eligible) if you test positive using a lateral flow test.

We’ve put together more information about what to do if you test positive and how to get a treatment here.

Read more on the NHS.

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Booster vaccination available after 3 months

The Government has announced that people who are severely immunosuppressed will be eligible to get their booster vaccination just 3 months after their third primary jab, instead of the previously stated 6 months.

Vaccinations available for the clinically extremely vulnerable

People classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, like people with WM, are eligible for more vaccines than the general population, as people with immunocompromised people might not muster the same immunity from vaccines. Doctors hope extra doses of the vaccine will offer more protection to these people.

If you have WM these are the doses available:

  • Dose 1 – Offered at the start of the vaccination programme, every WMer should have had this.
  • Dose 2 – Offered at the start of the vaccination programme, every WMer should have had this.
  • Dose 3 – Only available to immunocompromised people, every WMer is eligible 8 weeks after their 2nd dose. This started to be rolled out in September 2021, but due to problems in accessing it some WMers received it later in the year
  • Dose 4/booster dose – Available to immunocompromised people 3 months after their third dose. Also called a ‘booster’ jab because for some brands of vaccine, the dose is halved.
  • Dose 5 – the JCVI announced immunocompromised people would be eligible for fifth jab six months after their fourth/booster dose. Further details have no been announced yet.

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