Information for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (previously known as 'shielding')

The government has updated the guidance for those who've been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

This guidance is in addition to the national restrictions that apply during the second national lockdown period.

The guidance gives advice on the extra steps you can take to keep yourself safe during the lockdown, as well as information on:

  • work
  • education
  • travel
  • shopping
  • socialising

Am I in the clinically extremely vulnerable group?

If you in the clinically extremely vulnerable group, the NHS will send you a letter to confirm this.

There's no need to follow the advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people unless you have received a letter.

Read the guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Why has the guidance changed?

The shielding programme ended on 1 August 2020.

There are measures in place that reduce the need for such restrictive shielding advice - for example:

If you need help...

If you need additional help to follow the clinically extremely vulnerable guidance or meet your wellbeing needs, you can register to use the new government service.

This service allows you to:

  • ask for priority supermarket delivery slots (if you've already got priority for supermarket deliveries, you'll keep this)
  • let us know if you need support and are unable to arrange this yourself, or with the help of friends, family or other support
  • confirm your details are correct - your address, for example

If you need help to get food and medicines, these services are available to you:

 Your health

It's important that you get support for any health conditions or concerns you may have. These are some of the services available to you:


Here are links to the national guidance for carers to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic: