The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, working with the CMOs of the devolved administrations and other senior clinicians, commissioned NHS Digital to produce a list of vulnerable people at “high risk” of complications from COVID-19, who should be shielded for at least 12 weeks.
This list, originally referred to as the Vulnerable Patient List (VPL), has been renamed the shielded patient list (SPL).
The SPL list was defined as a subset of a wider group of people who may be “at risk”.
Specific advice applies to these groups, currently:
- “At Risk” – a larger group (circa 19 million) normally at risk from influenza – should practice strict social distancing
- “At high risk” – a smaller sub-group (circa 1.5 million), defined by CMO – should practice complete “shielding”