Shielding paused nationally from 1 April 2021

Useful information and advice on what to do if you have been shielding.

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The Government paused shielding nationally from 1 April 2021.

Below is a list of useful information and advice on what to do if you have been shielding.

Work and Finance

  • Statutory Sick Pay and Employment and Support Allowance for shielding ended on 1 April 2021.
  • Employers should be able to tell you what measures and steps they have put in place to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 if you are asked to return to work.
  • Furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has been extended to 30th September, so you can request to be placed on furlough or the self-employment support scheme.

Access to Healthcare, Medicine and Vaccines

  • You should have been offered your first vaccine dose. If not, contact your GP to book your first dose of the vaccine.  
  • It is safe to receive healthcare through the NHS, so you should go to appointments as usual. 
  • The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is available to collect and deliver shopping, medication and essential supplies.  Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week to self-refer or visit for further information.
  • Social care support can continue to take place with safety measures in line with social distancing guidelines.



  • You can continue to form or maintain existing support bubbles and childcare bubbles.

Helpful Resources

General Guidance

Financial Support

Employment Rights and Workplace Safety

Other household support


You can download this information as a word document here: Shielding Guidance Information Sheet 1 April 2021