Shielding advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People

The Government has reintroduced shielding advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people across all areas of England from 5 January. This shielding advice is expected to be identical to that which was in place nationally from 5 November to 2 December, and which was already in place in areas under Tier 4 restrictions.

We know that this may be a difficult and worrying time for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people. We anticipate that patients may have questions about the advice they should follow.

Click here for the government’s shielding advice pages.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people will be eligible for support to stay at home including  free delivery of medicines (where friends, family, or local volunteers are unable to provide help) and statutory sick pay where unable to work from home.

The Government will be writing to all CEV individuals in England to inform them of the advice and support available (including individuals already advised to shield as part of Tier 4 restrictions).

For now, we want to remind you of the importance of CEV individuals continuing to engage with us and other services within the NHS, and we can confirm that you will be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccination in advance of the general population (as per current JCVI guidance).

For more information on our vaccination programme, please visit the latest news pages on our website.