Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable

This guidance come into effect on 19 July 2021 for current and more detailed government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Shielding advice was paused on 1 April 2021. As restrictions will be eased following the move to Step 4 of the roadmap if you are clinically extremely vulnerable as a minimum the government is advising as a minimum to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance.

However, as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, you may wish to think particularly carefully about additional precautions you might wish to take. Individuals may choose to limit the close contact they have with those they do not usually meet with in order to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, particularly if they are clinically extremely vulnerable and when COVID-19 disease levels in the general community are high.

There are things that you can continue to do to lower your risk of infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19

Although the vast majority of the population, including the clinically extremely vulnerable, will be well protected by the vaccine, no vaccine is 100% effective and there is emerging evidence that suggests that some immunocompromised and immunosuppressed individuals may not respond as well to COVID-19 vaccines as others. However, all COVID-19 vaccines should offer some degree of protection. Therefore, it is really important that you have both your first and second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

If you have any questions or concerns about what it means to be clinically extremely vulnerable and about how COVID-19 may impact your health condition, have a look at the NHS website.

If you are concerned about your general physical and mental wellbeing or if you are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed and have any concerns about what this means for you, then please contact your GP practice or specialist who can provide you with support and guidance on any further measures you can take to further reduce your risk of infection

You might still want to ask friends, family or volunteers to collect medicines for you. The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is still available to help support those who need it. Volunteers can collect and deliver shopping, medication and other essential supplies. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week to self-refer or visit https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/for further information.

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

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 

If you require additional care and support

It is important that you continue to receive the care and support you need to help you stay safe and well. Providers of social care and medical services are making every effort to ensure services remain open and as safe as possible.

You should continue to seek support from the NHS for your existing health conditions. You can access a range of NHS services from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or contacting your health professional through an online consultation. To find out more visit www.nhs.uk/health-at-home or download the NHS App. If you have an urgent medical need, call NHS 111 or, for a medical emergency, dial 999.

It is also important to look after your mental health. Go to the Every Mind Matters website for advice and practical steps that you can take to support your wellbeing and manage your mental health during this pandemic and beyond. The Let’s Talk Loneliness website also has a variety of tips, advice and further resources that you may find helpful. 

You can also access additional support from your energy supplier. Energy suppliers are required by the regulator, Ofgem, to hold a register of customers in a vulnerable circumstance, called a Priority Service Register. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you can be added to this register. For information about how to be added to the register and the additional services your supplier can provide you, please visit Ofgem’s website.

The full guidance can be found online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and you can find out what

If you are advised to shield in the future, the Government will write to you setting out the guidance and additional support that will be available if you need it.

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