Reviewed 20th October 2021
People with pulmonary hypertension (PH) are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. If you have PH, you no longer need to shield and there are no requirements to follow different rules to the rest of the population.
However, you may wish to think particularly carefully about additional precautions you might wish to continue to take. Individuals may choose to limit the close contact they have with those they do not usually meet with in order to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, particularly when disease levels in the general community are high.
It is important to respect and be considerate of those who may wish to take a more cautious approach.
If you have pulmonary hypertension, it is really important that you are fully vaccinated. We have a page dedicated to vaccine questions here
Restrictions have been removed or loosened across the UK. However, you should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not yet fully vaccinated, as the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 is generally higher:
How much you socialise, and who with, is your decision. Take things at your own pace.
Rules around wearing a face covering in public places have changed around the UK.
In places where it is no longer a legal requirement, some venues and providers may still choose to make face coverings mandatory on their premises.
Wearing a face covering, especially when there is close contact between people in enclosed and crowded spaces will still help to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
If you find it difficult to wear a face covering because of your PH, you do not have to wear one.
We have created this bespoke exemption notice that you can carry with you and choose to show if you wish.
Some people who find it difficult to wear a mask choose to wear a face shield instead.
Despite the lifting of restrictions around social distancing, employers still have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and others from risks to their health and safety. Your employer should be able to explain to you the measures they have in place to keep you safe at work. Some employers may request employees to undertake regular testing for COVID-19 to identify people who are asymptomatic.
If you are unable to work because of coronavirus, financial support may be available. Click here to find out more.
Citizens Advice has information about your rights at work and how to solve problems in the workplace. If you have concerns you can also get advice on your specific situation and your employment rights by visiting the Acas website or calling the Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100.