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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 (COVID-19) shielding note is valid.

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

This service will be available for employers to check shielding notes until 1 July 2021.

What you need to know as an employer

You can only use this service to check notes that were issued via the Get a shielding note service.

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

  • they're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable) – they received a letter saying they're high risk
  • they live or work in an area where shielding advice is in place
  • they cannot work from home or in an area where there’s no shielding advice in place
  • they live in England

If an employee was issued a letter or email by the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care it may not have a reference number on it, but may still be valid.

Use your discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee has been advised to shield because of 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: 10 June 2021
Next review due: 24 June 2021