New Shielding Guidance for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Comes into effect – 1st April 2021

By March 18, 2021Uncategorized

From 1 April you will no longer be able to offer Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to employees on the basis that they have been advised to shield.  A new guidance regime also comes into effect on the 1st April to accompany the change for those classed as “clinically extremely vulnerable”.


Your employees in this category will receive a letter from the NHS which in summary outlines:


  1. From 1 April 2021 clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer advised to shield and will no longer be eligible for SSP if in receipt of this for reasons of shielding.
  2. The letter offers guidance on how to remain protected as they re-enter the workplace if homeworking is not an option: (Guidance, not rules, so this can be overridden at the individual’s discretion).
  3. Reminds them that social distancing and roadmap rules now apply to them as they do to others and must be adhered to.
  4. Reminds them of the vaccine availability and also of other support which may be on offer to them.


To view a sample of the letter your employee may receive, please visit: