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National Shielding Service 3 months 1 week ago #247499

Hi all,

Just to say I haven't had a phone call or even a letter regarding being 'shielded'.

However, I received an email from Sainsbury's the other day to say they had been contacted by the government and I had been classed as a vulnerable person and therefore could be prioritised for home food deliveries.

At first I just thought it was a scam (there are so many doing the rounds at the moment) but I did check the person who electronically 'signed' the email, and they were who they were saying they were.

There was a phone number which I rang and the guy I spoke to said I would be receiving a letter from them. Up to now I haven't heard anything.

Anyway, today I thought I'd try for a delivery slot and to my amazement, after about an hour and a half, I managed to do a shop which is due tomorrow between 8pm and 9pm.

The only thing I can think is that Sainsbury's had me on their database is that I do have a Nectar card which I haven't used for years.

As for be classed as vulnerable: I can only think it's because of my asthma which is quite severe as I don't think mental health problems qualify you. Or do they?

I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who has been contacted in this way.


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National Shielding Service 3 months 4 days ago #247659

Hello Phrank, I hope you are well. It’s interesting that Sainsbury’s contacted you even though you didn’t get a letter from the government. Have you still had no such letter? I am also an online customer of Sainsburys, but I have not received any emails from it, even though I have received the government letter. I did, last week, get an email from Waitrose (which despite its reputation and marketing, I have found to be cheaper than Sainsburys for basic items), saying it had been informed that I was shielded: it has given me priority slots.

I do not know whether people with mental health illnesses will fall into the Shielding cohort, although I believe that hospital consultants and GPs have full discretion to submit any of their patients for protection within this category even outside of the list drawn up by the government, so your GP may have decided that due to your asthma, you should be shielded.

Take care, Porridge :)

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National Shielding Service 3 months 2 days ago #247719

Hi Porridge,

Thanks for your message. Sorry I've not replied sooner. Just to keep you updated: no, no word from the goverenment as yet but got my Sainsbury's order pronto last week.

I've put another order in today which is scheduled for delivery Friday tea-time.

Thinking about your comments about consultants and GP's, I think you're probably right: it's the only way I can think I've been contacted.

My GP knows me really well so can vouch for me on matters such as this.

All the best, and take care,


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