'We're talking about life and death': Fears from shielders as Covid restrictions are relaxed

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Raveena Ghattaura

Tom Fadden has cerebral palsy and has spent most of the last eighteen months shielding at his home near Norwich.

He is not classed as being clinically extremely vulnerable but has made the choice to shield since the start of the pandemic to protect himself from Covid because of his health issues.

For Tom, the idea of the so-called 'Freedom Day' fills him with fear.

Tom is also a wheelchair user and says it is often difficult to move away from people quickly enough to maintain social distancing.

He is urging people to be courteous to those who are vulnerable and to wear masks to protect those around them in the community who need to be protected.

Tom believes the quick release of restrictions by the government is wrong.

"We're talking about life and death and when you are talking about vulnerable and particularly clinically vulnerable people, that is the situation we're in."

"The mark of a civilised society is how it treats its most vulnerable and I think yet again we've been forgotten about."

Tom and other clinically vulnerable people like him won't be told to shield from Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Credit: ITV News

The government has issued some advice for people who are vulnerable:

  • Go to shops at quieter times of day.

  • Meet outside with friends.

  • Ask visitors to take a lateral flow tests.

  • Watch a short clip with Martin Ledwick, Head Information Nurse with Cancer Research UK about the government's new advice for the clinically vulnerable.

Tom is not alone with his concerns, Raj Sehgal runs four care homes in West Norfolk and lost eight residents during the pandemic.

He's worried the restrictions are being relaxed too quickly.

Raj Seghal is the Managing Director of ArmsCare Ltd which operates four care homes in West Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia