Health advice and support

Support for the clinically extremely vulnerable

If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), from 1 April 2021 you are no longer advised to shield.


  • keep the number of social interactions you have low
  • reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • continue to work from home where possible

If you cannot work from home you should attend your workplace. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. They should be able to explain the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) has been extended until 30 September. As has the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). You may continue to be eligible throughout this period.

From 1 April you will no longer be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), on the basis of being advised to shield.

CEV pupils and students should return to school or other educational settings.


We will continue to provide support to follow shielding advice until 31 March. Supermarkets will also continue to provide support.

If you have already registered, supermarkets will continue to offer priority access to delivery slots until 21 June. If you have yet to register for support but are in need, you can register online by 31 March.

If you have any further questions you can contact us through the Covid-19 helpline on 01522 782189.

Full guidance can be found at