"I'm not about to risk it": Vulnerable people wary over eased shielding guidelines

  • Video report by ITV News Meridian's Malcolm Shaw

As rules over vulnerable people shielding are gradually beginning to ease, people in the South East have voiced their concerns over whether it is now safe to venture outside the home.

Among those is Sophie Clarke from Tunbridge Wells.

She suffers from cystic fibrosis and received a lung transplant eight years ago.

To protect herself, she has been shielding since March.

I've fought for my life a very long time. I had a transplant eight years ago, and I'm not about to risk it and be in a position of poor health again. It's not worth it."

Sophie Clarke

The government has announced that from 6 July people who are shielding will be able to meet in groups of up to six outdoors and form a support bubble with one other household.

From August, they will no longer have to shield.

But more than two million people were classified as "extremely vulnerable".

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Those who have been shielding and cannot work from home will be encouraged to return to their workplaces.

But Sophie Clarke is reluctant to do that until she is convinced it really is safe for her.

She says: "Obviously, they're trying to think of one answer for every single person who is shielding. But we're not all the same."