Help for people who are “Clinically Extremely Vulnerable” (CEV)

Guidance for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable from Covid-19

People who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ (CEV) to coronavirus began shielding to protect themselves in March.

On 1 August shielding was paused and the national programme of food and prescription deliveries ended.  

If you have a medical condition that identifies you as clinically extremely vulnerable you will have been notified by your GP or consultant to advise you that you are on the national shielding database.

Updated guidance on restrictions currently in place

On 2 December the country moved back to a tiered system of local restrictions. The government has reinstated the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people linked to these tiers, which will be subject to a regular review by government. Read more about the national tiers.

North Yorkshire is currently in tier 2 - high alert level.

You should receive a letter from the government advising you about how the tiers affect you.

What has changed?

The national guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated to reflect the level of risk in each of the three tiers.

This guidance offers additional advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable over and above the general rules for the tiers, which apply to everyone. This guidance aims to strike a better balance between providing practical steps to help keep you safe while reducing some of the potentially harmful impacts on mental and social wellbeing that were associated with previous strict shielding. It sets out the steps clinically extremely vulnerable people can take to protect themselves for each local tier.

The guidance also provides information about the Christmas period and offers additional guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people during the period 23 December to 27 December.

In the future, the government will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited period of time.

Tier 2 support for clinically extremely vulnerable residents

For people living in areas who are placed in tier 2 - high alert level, you are advised to limit the amount of social contact you have, to minimise travel and avoid busy periods and busy routes where possible. 

You are also advised to reduce the number of shopping trips you make. If you do go to the shops including pharmacies, consider doing so at quieter times of the day or consider using online deliveries.

You may wish to avoid visiting shops or pharmacies. If you can, please contact family, friends or neighbours and let them know how they can help you. Try to get in touch by phone, text or using email or other technology to avoid physical contact.

If you don’t have anyone else to call on there are a number of local groups and voluntary organisations across the county who can help you with a range of tasks such as shopping, prescription collections, pet care, and access to financial support and advice services.

Request support during Covid-19

Or you can call our Customer Services Centre on 01609 780780. We are open 7 days a week from 8am to 5.30pm.

Find full details and information about help and support available here.