Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable

This guidance is for everyone in England who has been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV). If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.

The government has announced new national COVID-19 lockdown which will be in place from 5 January 2021.

If you are CEV the government advice is to

  • Stay at home as much as possible, although you can still go outside to exercise
  • Continue with medical and NHS appointments unless these are cancelled
  • Don’t go to work – although you should work from home if you can
  • Avoid shops and pharmacies

Find out more about the guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

More people to be added to NHS shielded list (February 2021)

New research by the Chief Medical Officer has found more people who could be at risk of becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus. This is because of a combination of their individual characteristics and their underlying health conditions.

These people will be considered clinically extremely vulnerable and will be offered a vaccination more quickly. They are also being advised to stay at home as much as possible until 31 March 2021, except to exercise and attend health appointments – including vaccination appointments.

The NHS will be writing to all these people shortly to explain in more detail why they have been included in the high risk group and what support is available.

If you receive this letter, please follow the guidance and attend your vaccination appointment when this is offered to you.

The council will also contact you by text message or letter to ask if you need any support to help you while you stay at home and shield.

Food Support

Priority supermarket delivery slots from seven major supermarkets are available for people who are CEV.

Register for a priority delivery slot.

If you need any other help getting food, contact the NHS Volunteer Responder Service by going online or call 0808 196 3646.

If you have any other issues with accessing food please contact us and we will try to help.

Prescription support

If friends and family are not able to collect your prescriptions or medication for you, you should ask your local community pharmacy about getting this delivered for free.

Emergency help and support

If you are struggling and need extra help or know someone who does, you can call a number of services directly. 

Financial support

If you are struggling due to COVID-19, you may be able to receive some financial support 

Wellbeing support

 This is a difficult time, so it’s more important than ever that you look after your physical and mental wellbeing.

General support

The Brent Mutual Aid network is made up of 20 Mutual Aid independent groups run by neighbours that connect, listen and support other neighbours.

Groups covering all of Brent have been working to provide practical support such as delivering food, medicine and other supplies to people who need to stay at home, as well as providing emotional support.

To speak to someone or get help, please contact your local Mutual Aid group using the details below:

Other Mutual Aid groups near you

  • Alperton Community Support, 07464 982524 (Trupti Sangani)