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Check a shielding note

Use this service if you are an employer, or from the Department of Work and Pensions, and want to check that a coronavirus shielding note is valid.

A shielding note is proof an employee is on the shielded patients list and cannot work.

What you need to know as an employer

Employees can get a shielding note if all of these apply:

  • they're at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) – they received a letter saying they're high risk
  • they work in an area where shielding advice is in place, but live outside this area
  • they cannot work from home or in an area where there’s no shielding advice in place
  • they live in England

If an employee lives and works in an area where shielding advice is in place they should get a shielding note from their GP and do not need to use this service.

Use your discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee has been advised to shield because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Before you start

To check a shielding note is valid, you need:

  • the reference number on the employee’s shielding note
  • the employee's date of birth
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Page last reviewed: 21 January 2021
Next review due: 4 February 2021