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Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable

Important advice for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (previously shielding) in Leicester.

Everyone in Leicester must follow the new national lockdown rules from 5 January.

There is extra advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The advice applies until at least 21 February. This page summarises the key points.

These are not rules but shielding advice you can choose to follow to protect yourself:

  • Stay at home as much as possible. 
  • You should not go shopping, including to pharmacies. Consider using online delivery slots for food shopping and ask your pharmacy for home delivery of medicines, or ask friends and family to help deliver shopping or collect medicines for you. Other support is listed below. 
  • You should still go outside for exercise.
  • Work from home where possible. If you cannot work from home you should not attend work. You should speak to your employer about whether you can be furloughed. If this is not possible then you may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA). The shielding letter that you will receive will act as evidence for your employer and the DWP.
  • You should not attend school or college - they will make arrangements for you to continue your education at home.


The NHS is open you should continue to access all the NHS services that you need. It is safer for you to use the NHS than to try to manage alone. You can also quickly and easily access a range of NHS services from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or having an online appointment.

You are in a priority group for COVID-19 vaccination and the NHS will contact you with more information on when and how you will be invited for your vaccine.

You can get a free four-month supply of Vitamin D supplements to support your general health. Register for these at

Support available

You can contact the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme for help collecting shopping, medicine or other essential supplies, or just for someone to talk to. You can call them free on 0808 1963646.

If you are concerned that you will still need help during the lockdown period, please fill out our online form or email