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Clinically Extremely Vulnerable - shielding guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Shielding guidance has changed.

From 28 September 2021 the shielding programme ended in England.

People previously identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) will not be advised to shield in the future and there is no longer any specific national guidance for them to follow.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) residents have not been advised to shield since 1 April 2021, and since 19 July 2021, people previously identified as CEV have been advised to follow the same guidance as the rest of the population.

GOV.UK: Shielding guidance

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people are encouraged to look to friends, family and other support networks to assist with any support needs, however there will be some for whom this is not possible. In these instances:

  • The Council dedicated COVID-19 helpline  will continue to offer support, guidance and advice to those who need it. 

0300 123 7031

  • Monday to Friday: 8am until 7pm
  • Saturday: 9am until 12.30pm
  • The NHS Volunteer Responders Programme will continue providing support with food, prescription and essential items to those who need it and can be contacted on 0808 196 3646 (8am– 8pm 7 days a week) or by registering online.
  • Access to local support can be found on Live Well Cheshire West.
  • Since the pause to shielding advice on 1 April, some supermarkets have continued to offer CEV customers priority access at their own discretion. 
  • CEV people who need support to work at home or in the workplace can apply for Access to Work, which provides disability-related extra costs of working beyond the reasonable adjustments an employer must provide.
  • The Deafness Support Network is providing a relay service to people who cannot use the telephone and require assistance: 07786 200547 (text only) or email: dsn@dsnonline.co.uk.
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s will continue to operate a dedicated 24/7 all age urgent mental health helpline: 0800 145 6485 and online support hub.

You can also email us:

enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

You questions answered

You will receive formal written notification from the Government that you have been added to the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable register. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people are those classified as being at increased risk to COVID-19.

We have a range of opportunities to support you if you cannot rely on friends or family including access to food, medicine delivery, befriending services and many other local support offers.

  • The NHS Volunteer Responders Programme will continue providing support with food, prescription and essential items to those who need it and can be contacted on 0808 196 3646 (8am – 8pm 7 days a week) or by registering online
  • All supermarkets have committed to continuing priority access to supermarket delivery slots until 21 June for CEV individuals already signed up for support via the National Shielding Support Service (NSSS) by 31 March 2021.
  • Local support for mental health and wellbeing is available through Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s dedicated 24/7 all age urgent mental health helpline: 0800 145 6485 and support hub.
  • If you need to self-isolate due to a positive test or through close contact with someone who tests positive for Coronavirus we have support and guidance available on our self-isolation page
  • Employment support is available - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough), Universal Credit £20 per week increase, and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) have now been extended until September 2021.
  • Did you know that you can apply for Access to Work, which provides support for the disability-related extra costs of working that are beyond a reasonable adjustment an employer must provide?
  • A range of additional support services are listed on Live Well Cheshire West.

Our local dedicated helpline is available to you on 0300 123 7031 Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm, or email us at: enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

The Deafness Support Network is providing a relay service to people who cannot use the telephone. Contact: 07786 200547 (text only) or email: dsn@dsnonline.co.uk.

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, please continue to follow social distancing and other national guidance to help protect others while we work to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

Please continue to follow the rules to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Recent clinical studies have shown that children and young people are at very low risk of serious illness if they catch COVID-19. As a result, children and young people under the age of 18 are no longer considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable and should continue to follow the same guidance as everyone else.

A very small number of children and young people will have been advised to isolate or reduce their social contact for short periods of time by their specialist, due to their general risk of infection rather than because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If this is the case for your child, they should continue to follow the advice of their specialist.

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