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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people at highest risk

Advice to help people in the Covid highest risk group make informed decisions and access support services.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people at highest risk


From 19 July the whole of Scotland is in Level 0.

See the Level 0 rules that apply to everyone in Scotland. At Level 0, we are asking people at highest risk to follow the same advice as for the rest of the population.

Find out what Level 0 rules mean for people in the highest risk group on The highest risk group used to be known as ‘the shielding list’.

Work, education, childcare and transport

At Level 0 it’s safe for people in the highest risk group to go into work if you cannot work from home. It’s also safe for you to use public transport. Children and young people can go to school, university and college, and childcare.

New ways to get your vaccination

You and anyone over the age of 16 who lives with you can now be vaccinated at a drop-in clinic. You do not need an appointment and can go at a time that suits you. You can find your nearest drop-in clinic on the NHS inform website.

If you need help with transport to your vaccination or would like to request a home vaccination, please phone the Scottish Covid Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (8am - 8pm).

Find more information about vaccinations for the highest risk group on

Adults who live with you

Adults who live with you can help reduce their risk of passing Covid to you by:

  • getting vaccinated as soon as they can
  • taking lateral flow tests twice a week to check they have not caught Covid

If you’re immunosuppressed

We know that many of you on the highest risk list are immunosuppressed. Evidence continues to emerge about how well the vaccine works for people in this group. While there are some encouraging signs, until we have a clearer picture we would ask that you strictly follow the advice for Level 0.

Who the advice on this page applies to

This advice applies to people at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus. People who are in the highest risk group will have received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer telling them so. This includes some children and young people.

Contact your specialist care team to discuss if this advice is right for you. It will depend on your individual situation.

Your clinician might suggest you avoid doing certain things. This will be because of your specific health condition or treatments. You should continue to follow any specific advice they give you.

This advice does not apply to anyone living in a residential care or nursing home. Care homes are following the separate guidance for care home settings.

First published: 23 Feb 2021 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -