COVID-19 guidance for vulnerable people

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Government guidance

Protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19


You are no longer advised to work from home. Speak to your employer about what this means for you.

If you need support to work at home or in the workplace you can apply for Access to Work.

Find out about Access to Work:

Support for disability-related extra costs of working beyond standard reasonable adjustments an employer must provide.

Access to Work

If you have concerns

Exercise and socialising

You may want to take precautions when meeting others. For example, you could:

  • meet outside if possible
  • make sure the space is well ventilated if you meet inside
  • consider whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated
  • wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
  • consider continuing to practice social distancing if that feels right for you and your friends
  • ask friends and family to take a lateral flow test before visiting you.


You should attend your school or other educational setting.

Shops and pharmacies

You may prefer to shop online, or ask others to collect and deliver shopping for you.

Ask NHS Volunteer Responders to help

They can collect and deliver shopping, medication and other essential supplies.

If friends, family and volunteers can't collect your medicines

  • You will be eligible for free medicine delivery.
  • Contact your pharmacy, tell them that you are clinically extremely vulnerable and need your medicines delivered.
  • They will arrange this free of charge.

Getting care and support

Continue to seek support from the NHS and other health providers for existing health conditions and any new health concerns.

If you do need to receive care in person, you can. Your local NHS services are well prepared and will put in measures to keep you safe.

Accessing NHS services from home

These include:

  • Ordering repeat prescriptions
  • Contacting your health professional through an online consultation.

Find out more:

Carers and visitors

Carers or visitors who support you with your everyday needs can visit.

If you have an urgent medical need

  • Phone NHS 111
  • Phone For a medical emergency 999


  • Plan ahead for a hospital visit - make sure it's been confirmed and know which entrances are in use
  • Let the clinic know that you are considered extremely vulnerable so they can explain any additional precautions
  • Ask for help to get to an appointment if you do not have a safe way to travel there
  • Don't stop attending medical treatment, appointments or stop your regular care
  • Don't stop taking medication you are prescribed

If you need a COVID-19 test

Try to attend test sites at a quiet time or ask for a home test to be sent to you.

Definitions of clinically extremely vulnerable and clinically vulnerable people

Clinically extremely vulnerable people

You are clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • if your hospital clinician or GP had added you to the shielded patients list
  • or you are in one or more of these categories:
    • solid organ transplant recipients
    • people with cancer undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma at any stage of treatment
    • people with cancer undergoing immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
    • people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
    • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
    • people with problems with their spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
    • adults with Down's syndrome
    • adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
    • women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
    • other people also classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions.
Clinically vulnerable people

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

  • aged 70 or over
  • under 70 with one of these health conditions:
    • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • problems with the spleen
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
    • seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
    • pregnant

Get in touch with COVID-19 Community Response if you need support

Use this option if you are clinically vulnerable.

COVID-19 Community Response

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