Up-dated Welsh Government Guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable – from 1 April



On 12th March the First Minister for Wales announced that from 1st April 2021, shielding from Coronavirus for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, will be paused.  Read the full statement here.



The Chief Medical Officer has reviewed the advice to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and in light of the current context of significantly lower cases across Wales, has advised that shielding measures should be paused on 31 March. This means from 1 April you can:

  • go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is Covid-secure (has taken reasonable measures to minimise risk to employees);
  • children who have been following shielding measures can return to school when appropriate for their year group

We know there are associated harms when asking people to follow shielding measures and we must therefore only have this advice in place for as long as is absolutely necessary.

This guidance will be updated on 31 March with the updated advice. New letters have been issued to everyone on the Shielding Patient List and will be arriving over the coming weeks.



Read Welsh Government’s guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable: Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19) – previously known as ‘shielding’ [HTML] | GOV.WALES



What do you think about this change? 

Next week, Kidney Wales staff will attend a meeting of the government’s Shielding Stakeholder Group, please let us know your thoughts and concerns about the changes to the shielding guidance.