Support for clinically extremely vulnerable people
Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to stay at home as much as possible. They may still go outdoors carefully to exercise or to attend health appointments. CEV individuals are strongly advised to work from home if they can. If they cannot work from home, then they should not attend work. Individuals may be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough).
The government have issued a letter to all CEVs in England, this letter is a formal shielding notification and can act as evidence for employers to show that a person cannot work outside their home from the period 5 January until 21 February 2021, including for statutory sick pay (SSP) purposes. For those areas that were previously in Tier 4, the government already issued letters advising CEV individuals to shield. The new letter on Shielding during the lockdown replaces that letter. Postage of letters will be prioritised to CEV individuals in areas that were not in Tier 4 prior to the national lockdown.
CEV shielding letter Jan 2021 lockdown (PDF File, 149kb)
Shielding advice will apply until 21 February 2021. If the advice is to continue beyond that date, the government will write to CEV individuals again with further information.
Full shielding guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
If you are isolated and in need of urgent support with food or medication deliveries, please email email@example.com or call 0300 500 8080.
If you're still unsure what the latest guidance means for CEVs take a look at a Q&A below:
Q & A for National Lockdown CEVs (PDF File, 300kb)