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Get a shielding note

Use this service if you need a note for your employer, or the Department for Work and Pensions, for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.

Who this service is for

You can only use this service if all of these apply:

  • you're at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) – you received a letter saying you’re high risk
  • you live or work in an area where shielding advice is in place
  • you cannot work from home
  • you live in England

You do not need to use this service if:

  • there’s no shielding advice in place where you live or work
  • you can work from home
  • you can work in an area where there’s no shielding advice in place
  • you already have a valid shielding letter that's in date

If you are not sure if this applies to you:

Before you start

We will ask you for your date of birth and NHS number.

This is a 10 digit number you can find on any letter the NHS has sent you. For example, 485 777 3456. You can also find your NHS number online.

We will check to see if you’re on the shielded patient list. If you are, we will send you a shielding note.

We will send your note by email to the address currently registered with your GP. You should get your note in 1 day.

If we do not have an email address for you, we will send a letter to the home address currently registered with your GP. This should take 3 working days.

Check the details your GP surgery has for you are up to date.

This note will be valid from the date you enter.

You can use this service for someone else.

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By using this service you are agreeing to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Employers can check a shielding note is valid by using the Check a shielding note service.

Page last reviewed: 4 March 2021
Next review due: 18 March 2021