Covid-19 & ME/CFS – Clinically Vulnerable Students


This letter is for students and can be used if you need to assert your right to be considered a clinically vulnerable person with M.E. during the Covid-19 restrictions. It has been updated with useful links to the very latest information.


New: November 2020

To Whom it may concern

Students with a diagnosis of ME/CFS are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 infection

“People with a diagnosis of ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) have a serious medical condition that makes them clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 infection.

“We would be very grateful if you could provide additional help and support for students with ME/CFS at this difficult time.

“Students with ME/CFS will have overcome many difficulties to enable them to be studying at your university, college or school. Some may have taken years to improve from a severely housebound state to successfully entering education, but only managing to do so with varying types and levels of support.

“ME/CFS often occurs as a hidden chronic medical condition. As a result, some students with ME/CFS prefer not to share their diagnosis or practical support needs and management requirements with peers or teaching staff…”

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.