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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 9 August the whole of Scotland moved beyond Level 0.

However, we are still asking everyone in Scotland to continue to follow some important precautionary measures. See the rules and advice that still apply to everyone in Scotland. We are asking people at highest risk to follow the same advice as for the rest of the population.

Find out what these changes mean for the highest risk group on The highest risk group used to be known as ‘the shielding list’.

Work, education, childcare and transport

Our advice now is that people in the highest risk group can go into work if they cannot work from home. They can also choose to use public transport. Children and young people at highest risk can go to school, university and college, and childcare.

Everyone on the highest risk list should consider their own individual circumstances when taking decisions about what’s right for them. They should keep following any previous advice from their clinicians.

Vaccine drop-in clinics

You can 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 This includes information about vaccines for children and young people.

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

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: 12 Nov 2021 -