Guidance: COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

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Published 21 March 2020
Last updated 7 January 2021 +show all updates

  1. Updated guidance for the period of national lockdown.

  2. Removed advice on Christmas.

  3. Updated easy-read guidance. Temporarily removed translations, British Sign Language videos, audio and large print versions.

  4. Updated to clarify rules in Tier 4 on socialising outdoors.

  5. Added new shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable in Tier 4.

  6. Added the easy-read version.

  7. Added British Sign Language videos, large print, audio and translated versions.

  8. Updated guidance with information on local restrictions from 2 December. Removed easy-read and translated versions.

  9. Added 2 December guidance.

  10. Added updated translations in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

  11. Removed reference letters and included link to COVID-19: letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people.

  12. Added updated easy-read guidance.

  13. Updated information on the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (on furlough).

  14. Added 2 reference letters and updated guidance on how to get a test for COVID-19.

  15. Updated guidance in line with national restrictions commencing 5 November 2020. Easy-read guidance temporarily removed and will be updated shortly.

  16. Added updated easy-read guidance.

  17. Added search by postcode link.

  18. Guidance updated regarding local COVID alert levels. Temporarily removed translations, easy-read guide and guidance for young people.

  19. Remove reference to falling case rates.

  20. Updated translated versions.

  21. Added new guidance for young people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding.

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