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

Public Health England

May 29
18:08 2020


This guidance is for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children. Its also for their family, friends and carers.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should have received a letter telling them theyre in this group or been told by their GP.

Its for situations where a clinically extremely vulnerable person is living at home, with or without additional support. This includes clinically extremely vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities for the elderly or people with special needs.

If you have been told that youre clinically extremely vulnerable, you should:

  • follow the advice in this guidance
  • register online even if you do not need additional support now

The translated versions of the guidance were accurate as of 30 March 2020. Following recent changes to this guidance, the translations are currently being updated and will be published shortly.

Published 21 March 2020
Last updated 29 May 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated guidance.

  2. Updated information on symptoms.

  3. Added translated guidance.

  4. Updated 'Shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19'.

  5. Added translated guidance.

  6. Added Coronavirus (COVID-19): an easy-read guide on protecting extremely vulnerable people.

  7. First published.

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