Topic outline

  • Shielding vulnerable patients from COVID-19

    Time to complete:
    15 minutes
    Date of publication:
    April 2020
    Reviewed and updated:
    January 2021

    Shielding is a public health measure announced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those at the highest risk were advised not to leave the house at all for 12 weeks. That first phase of shielding has now ended and shielding is paused. In this short module we discuss the possible future of shielding, why it is important to keep the shielding list up to date, and what to do if the parent of a vulnerable child asks you about shielding or an adult previously in the shielding group asks for a fit note because they feel uncomfortable about returning to work. The previous module, with much more detail on the original shielding system, is archived and can be downloaded for reference. This module will be updated if there are new announcements on shielding and should be read in conjunction with any local information about added restrictions in your area.

    This resource was developed by RCGP Learning. 

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