COVID-19 Shielded People list

Health & Wellbeing

Digital Health and Care Wales

12/05/2020 - 28/03/2022

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, working with the CMOs of the devolved nations and other senior clinicians, commissioned NHS Digital to produce a list of people at “high risk” of complications from COVID-19, who should be shielded for at least 12 weeks. The CMO for Wales commissioned a collaboration of national bodies in Wales (NWIS, DU, NWSSP, PHW) to identify “high risk” people for the Welsh population, based largely on the NHS Digital methodology. This list is referred to as the Shielded Patient List (SPL). The “high risk” list was defined as a subset of a wider group of people who may be “at risk”. Specific advice applies to these groups, currently this advice is: • “At Risk” – large group normally at risk from the flu - should practice strict social distancing • “At high risk” – a smaller sub-group (circa 70k), defined by CMO – should practice complete social “shielding” NHS Digital have described the methodology that has been used to identify patients who meet the high risk criteria due to their inclusion in one or more of the disease groups. As there are differences in some of the systems used across the devolved nations, nuanced differences in application and interpretation of CMO guidance, this document describes the Welsh methodology.