Advice for extremely vulnerable people

From Thursday 1st April 2021 clinically extremely vulnerable people in England are no longer advised to shield.

Should I go to work?

People are still advised to continue working from home where possible, but if people are unable to do so, employers are required by law to take steps to make workplaces Covid-19 secure and should discuss this with their employees.

Help and support

If you already get priority supermarket deliveries via the national shielding support programme, you will keep them until 21st June 2021. Government will not deliver food parcels. Find about foodbanks and delivery services.

If you need support that cannot be provided by friends, family or other support networks we can help with shopping, emergency foodbanks, collecting prescriptions or just having a friendly voice to speak to. Find out more about the help we can give.

Accessing care and support

You can still receive informal care at home from people within your support bubble. You can still receive care at home from professional social care and medical professionals.

Continue to access NHS services for your existing health conditions and any new health concerns. If you are concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on your health, speak to your GP, hospital clinician or use NHS 111.


Most clinically extremely vulnerable people in England have now had their first dose of the vaccine. If you haven’t, please book an appointment using the information on the invite you were sent, or call your GP practice as soon as possible.

If you need transport to your vaccination appointment and do not have friends and family who can help, please call our Covid advice line, once you have booked your appointment, on freephone 0800 169 3032 and press option 2 so we can discuss transport options with you. Our lines are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.