Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for key workers

Key workers should be extra vigilant about new or developing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. The most common symptoms are new:

  • continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

If you have developed symptoms:

Coronavirus vaccine

The coronavirus vaccine does not cause a coronavirus infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if it affects you. This can reduce your risk of developing coronavirus and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the vaccine when offered it.

After you’ve had your vaccine, it’s important that you continue to follow the latest government advice.

Read further information about the coronavirus vaccine

Key workers in Scotland

For the purpose of testing, the Scottish Government has divided key workers into 5 priority groups:

  • Priority Group 1A: Staff delivering NHS services, providing social care to protect and care for the most vulnerable, all NHS staff and independent contractors working for the NHS
  • Priority Group 1B: Staff with face-to-face roles in residential institutions with people in the care of the state and those who are working essential services with niche roles, where service resilience is at risk
  • Priority Group 2: Essential workers in critical national infrastructure fundamental for safety and security, and life-line services
  • Priority Group 3: Staff directly involved in delivering other essential services
  • Priority Group 4: Staff and volunteers in third or public sector organisations including unpaid carers, and staff in nationally or locally significant industry important to economic sustainability and growth

You can find a further breakdown of each group in the Scottish Government's coronavirus testing prioritisation matrix

How to access testing

Before returning to work

If you’ve had to stay at home you must contact your line manager or occupational health department before returning to work so they can do a risk assessment.

People required to be resident at work

You will need a risk assessment if you are required to be resident at your place of work, for example during night cover or on-call, and need advice about possible exposure in this setting.

Phone your line manager or occupational health department for advice. Your employer may be contacted by a local health protection team if they need further guidance.

Phone and Near Me video consulting

All GP practices and hospitals in Scotland have been asked to increase their use of remote consultations by phone or video. This will mean most people can receive the NHS care and advice they need from their own home to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Phone will be the first choice, with a step up to:

  • Near Me video consulting where it offers additional clinical benefit
  • face-to-face consultations when needed

More about Near Me video consulting

Further information

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