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Prior to August 2020 clinicians advised some people to 'shield' which meant avoiding doing certain things. People that this applied to received letters from the Chief Medical Officer. This was because of their specific health condition or specific treatments.

Shielding was paused in Scotland on 1 August 2020. 

If you were shielding in the past, you can now follow the same advice as everyone else in your local authority area's protection level. You can also choose to follow the extra advice for people at highest risk from coronavirus.

Shielding applies to people who:

  • had organ transplants
  • have cancer and are receiving active chemotherapy
  • have lung cancer and are either receiving or previously received radical radiotherapy
  • have cancers of the blood or bone marrow, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • are receiving immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • are receiving other targeted cancer treatments, which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • have severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma and severe COPD
  • have rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections such as SCID and homozygous sickle cell
  • are receiving immunosuppression therapies that significantly increase risk of infection
  • are pregnant with significant heart disease (congenital or acquired)

Shielding is for your personal protection, it's your choice to decide whether to follow these measures.

Pupils who have been advised to self-isolate may be entitled to food packs. To find out more phone 0141 577 3575.

If you think you've developed symptoms of Covid-19, such as a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature (above 37.8 °C), you must seek clinical advice immediately. Phone the NHS on 111 as soon as you get symptoms and don't wait.

Social isolation, reduction in physical activity, unpredictability and changes in routine can all contribute to increasing stress. Many people including those without existing mental health needs may feel anxious.

If you're receiving services for your mental health, learning disability or autism and you're worried about the impact of isolation, contact your keyworker, care coordinator or provider to review your care plan.

If you've additional needs please contact your key worker or care coordinator to develop a safety or crisis plan.

It's important to stay mentally and physically active during this time. We can help you with your wellbeing, offer practical advice and access to financial and housing support if you need it. Our shielding support line remains open. Phone us on 0141 577 3093 for more information.

The first Covid-19 vaccines are becoming available now and vaccinations for the most at risk groups have begun.

Vaccination helps you build immunity to the virus, so your body will stop the infection more easily. This can reduce your risk of becoming infected with Covid-19 or make your symptoms milder. After you get the vaccine you will still need to follow the latest government advice on physical distancing.

NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get your Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it is offered to you.

Visit the NHS website.

The Scottish Government is running a text-message service for people who are shielding to keep in touch with you and send the latest info direct to your phone. Even if you don't need any support we would encourage you to sign up. All you need to do is text 07860 064 525 with your CHI number. This is the 10 digit number at the top of your shielding letter from the Chief Medical Officer.

Last modified on 11th December 2020

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