Clinically extremely vulnerable

Clinically extremely vulnerable refers to people who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19.  

These people have been told directly by their GP or hospital that they are “clinically extremely vulnerable”.  

They are classified separately because they were asked to follow specific guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people. For certain periods of time, this included advice to “shield”.  

Use “people who are clinically extremely vulnerable”, with the whole term in lower case, including the link to the NHS website.  

Only use “people at high risk” where needed and alongside “clinically extremely vulnerable”.  

Do not use “clinically vulnerable people” when you mean clinically extremely vulnerable; this term relates to a different set of people. 

You can find more information about the definition of “clinically extremely vulnerable” in our Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people in England bulletin