Next steps for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

As you are aware, the current advice to patients identified as clinically extremally vulnerable (CEV) is to shield until 31 March 2021. As this date approaches, the Department of Health and Social Care is writing to patients to inform them of next steps once current guidance expires.

The letter confirms that shielding will be paused from 1 April. It should be noted that the letter recommends that extra precautions are still taken by individuals, even after they receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Nationally we will continue to update the Shielded Patient List, so it is important that you continue to add and remove patients (as appropriate), as it may be necessary to identify this cohort in the future. Details on how to add and remove people from the SPL are available in full on NHS Digital’s website.