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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
Highest risk group research

Research about people at highest risk

Find links to research and data relating to people at highest risk below.

Highest risk interviews report, 5 October 2021

In August 2021 we carried out phone interviews with people on the highest risk list. We asked participants a range of questions around their experiences of the pandemic and the highest risk list. These included questions around changing restrictions and the vaccination programme. We also asked about their feelings around returning to the workplace, the future of the highest risk list, and their trusted information sources. Read the report about the findings from the interviews.

Highest risk survey report, August 2021

In July 2021 we carried out an online survey of people on the highest risk list. There were over 4,600 participants. The survey asked about participants’ Covid-related views and actions. Read the report about the survey results.

Shielding survey results, 22 February 2021

In December 2020 and January 2021 we carried out a survey among people at highest risk (then known as the shielding list) in Scotland. It explored areas such as: the impact of services and support provided by the Scottish Government's Shielding Division, the vaccination programme, and the effects of pausing shielding in Scotland. Read the shielding survey results.

Vitamin D take-up by the highest risk group - data summary, 16 February 2021

We offered people in the highest risk group a free 4-month supply of vitamin D in November 2020. We have published a summary of data showing the overall take-up rate of this offer, and the take-up rate across different groups of people. Read the vitamin D data summary.

Public Health Scotland's shielding report, 27 January 2021

Public Health Scotland published a report with statistics and evidence about shielding during the first wave of coronavirus. It looks at how well shielding worked, and how many people followed the shielding advice. The report also reviews the support offered to people on the shielding list during the first wave of the pandemic. Read the report on the Public Health Scotland website. You can also watch a short video with key information from the report on the Public Health Scotland YouTube channel.


First published: 23 Feb 2021 Last updated: 15 Oct 2021 -