Coronavirus (COVID-19): Highest risk (previously called shielding)

The highest risk group includes people who have been asked to shield in the past. You do not have to shield now.

The ‘shielding list’ and the ‘highest risk list’ are the same. We're now using the words ‘highest risk’ rather than ‘shielding’ because it's highly unlikely you'll be asked to shield again.

People on the ‘highest risk list’ should strictly follow protective measures and hygiene measures.

You should continue to follow any specific advice given by your clinician.

Text message (SMS) service

The Scottish Government continue to send updates through a free text message service for people on the ‘highest risk list’.

Helpline for vulnerable people

A helpline (0800 111 4000) has been set up for those at increased risk who don’t have a support network, such as family or existing community support. 

Callers will be connected to their local authority who will help them access the services they need, such as:

  • essential food and medication
  • links to local social work services for vulnerable children or adults
  • emotional support
  • contact with local volunteer groups

The helpline is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Looking after your wellbeing

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 have 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.

Read further advice on your mental wellbeing