Following the government announcement on 15 September 2021 about the end of national shielding in England, NHS Digital began a managed closure of the Shielded Patient List.
After a review in October 2021, NHS Digital and the Department of Health and Social Care agreed that there is an ongoing need for recipients to process the data they hold.
Terms of Release issued in December 2021 state the end date as: '31 March 2022 or the date of expiry set out in any amended or replacement COPI notices issued before the 31 March 2022, whichever is the later'.
Further COPI notices were issued by the government in February 2022, extending the end date to 30 June 2022. See the COPI notices for full details.