Updated guidance on shielding and supporting vulnerable people


Yesterday (4 November) the government issued new guidance on shielding and the protection of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people from COVID-19, effective from 05 November 2020.


As part of the existing Department of Health and Social Care COVID-19 workforce guidance, our supporting our most vulnerable people web page has now been updated with information on:

  • staff in the clinically extremely vulnerable category and
  • protecting staff more at risk of coronavirus.

Employers will not be told directly if their staff are clinically extremely vulnerable so it is vital that managers check in with their staff regularly and ask staff to let them know if their circumstances may have changed, review any risk assessment undertaken and provide the appropriate support to staff.


Terms and conditions for staff who are shielding


Staff who are classified as clinically extremely vulnerable will receive a formal shielding letter which can be provided to their employer as evidence of their requirement to shield.

Staff who are required to shield, are strongly advised to work from home. To facilitate this, in the first instance employers should:

  • consider what existing duties can be completed at home
  • or consider a temporary reallocation of duties to allow the individual to be able to work from home.

Only when neither of these options are possible will staff be eligible to receive COVID-19 special leave for the duration of the shielding period.

Employing organisations are encouraged to refer to the existing FAQs on pay for staff who are shielding which are available on our website. 


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