Shielding guidance for CEV people updated as Covid-19 restrictions ease

20 July 2021

An update to the Government’s shielding guidance says patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to Covid-19 “may choose to limit” close contact with people they don’t usually mix with.

The guidance, which comes into effect on 19 July, states that CEV people should also “consider whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated”.

It says, as restrictions are eased following the move to “Step Four” of the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap, CEV people are advised, “as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else”.

However, as CEV people are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they were to catch Covid-19, they “may wish to think particularly carefully about additional precautions you might wish to continue to take”, particularly in certain scenarios such as crowded spaces, enclosed indoor spaces, and when Covid-19 disease levels in the general community are high.

Recommendations for CEV people include:

  • meeting outside if possible

  • making sure indoor spaces are well-ventilated

  • considering whether both parties are vaccinated

  • waiting until 14 days after second jab before being in close contact with others

  • washing hands regularly and avoid touching face

  • considering continuing to practice social distancing if it feels right

  • asking friends and family to take a lateral flow test before visiting.

The updated Covid-19: Guidance on Protecting People Defined on Medical Grounds as Extremely Vulnerable is here.