Guidance for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)

Update 19 July 2021

This guidance is for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV). If you are in this group, you will have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this.

Shielding advice was paused on 1 April 2021. If you require additional care and support to help you stay safe and well, there is further advice below.

As restrictions have been eased following the move to Step 4 of the roadmap, we are advising clinically extremely vulnerable people, 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 continue 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 if COVID-19 disease levels in the general community are high. It is important to respect and be considerate of those who may wish to take a more cautious approach as restrictions are lifted.

You can find the full guidance here.

It is really important to look after your mental health. The ‘Every Mind Matters’ website offers advice and practical steps that you can take to support your wellbeing and manage your mental health during this pandemic.

You can visit it at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters.

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