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

Department Of Health

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This guidance is for clinically extremely vulnerable people, with additional information to help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required to follow the new national restrictions from 5 November.

If you or your child has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, you will receive a letter from the government addressed personally to you. Your letter is a formal shielding notification, which you can use as evidence for your employer or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that you are advised to follow shielding guidance and should not work outside of your home for the period stated.

Until you receive your personal letter, you can refer to the letters above for reference only. They do not act as a formal notification.

The easy-read guidance and all translated versions have been removed while being updated.

Published 21 March 2020
Last updated 4 November 2020 +show all updates

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

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

  3. Added updated easy-read guidance.

  4. Added search by postcode link.

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


  6. Remove reference to falling case rates.


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