Shielding and wellbeing

Check Coronavirus case numbers and data in your local area:

Public Health Scotland’s interactive dashboard now provides a map showing the number of cases in local areas, as well as trends for local authorities and NHS boards

Numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases are increasing across Scotland. The Scottish Government is advising you to be extra careful and follow the updated guidance. They are not asking you to go back into shielding. Please keep 2 metres away from others, wash hands regularly and wear a face covering to keep yourself safe. You might also want to reduce the number of people you have contact with. Visit www.mygov.scot/shielding for more information, or call the National Helpline on 0800 111 4000 9am-5pm.

A summary of changes to restrictions:

  • New restrictions prevent households meeting indoors – extended households are allowed to continue meeting.
  • Some hospitality venues will now have a 10 p.m. curfew.
  • Car sharing will no longer be advisable.
  • Workers and families on low incomes who cannot work from home, will be able to access £500 to help with the cost of self-isolation.

Full guidance is available at: www.mygov.scot/shielding

The Scottish Government has produced a guide to help you understand what sort of activities are safer than others - read the Staying Safe with daily activities guide here

The Scottish Government's text messaging service is available for people who were shielding to recieve the latest updates from the Scottish Government in the event of any new national or local lockdown restrictions, and useful information to help keep you safe.

You can sign up by texting your 10 digit CHI number to 07860 064525. You can find your CHI number on the shielding letter you have received. Please do not include any other information. The service will confirm that you are on the shielding list.

Flu vaccinations for people who were shielding -

The new restrictions will not affect people's ability to leave their house and attend an appointment for a seasonal flu vaccination. Both you and your household members will be offered a free flu vaccination this year.

It is important you get your flu jag for three reasons:

  1. Flu can be serious and life threatening. Every year thousands of people in Scotland are hospitalised with flu. People with health conditions are 18 times more likely to die from flu than those without health conditions.
  2. To reduce the risk of spreading flu to friends and family.
  3. To help our NHS avoid the pressure that a spike in seasonal flu would put on top of COVID-19.

If you have urgent medical needs you should contact your GP or NHS 111.

British Sign Language videos are available explaining steps you can take to help avoid infection from coronavirus (COVID-19); what to do if you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms; self-isolation and shielding advice and helpline information.