Advice for people at highest risk

Coronavirus vaccine

Information about the vaccine rollout and what to do if you need help getting to your vaccine and booster appointment:

Coronavirus testing

Lateral flow tests are available for any adults to order. These are free, quick, at-home coronavirus tests that people with no symptoms can use twice a week. If they test positive, they should isolate from you. Find out how to order tests online, or check other places to get lateral flow test kits on the Scottish Government website - getting tested in Scotland, or by calling 0300 303 2713.

Further information about accessing testing in Argyll and Bute, for people with or without symptoms is available on our website - How to get tested

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

Advice for people are at highest risk if they catch Covid

Argyll and Bute, and the whole of Scotland, moved Beyond Level 0 on Monday 9th August

Advice for people who are at the highest risk (people who were previously advised to shield) is available on the Scottish Government website

Visit the Scottish Government wesbite for more information, or call the National Helpline on 0800 111 4000 9am-5pm.

Public Health Scotland has produced a full evaluation of the effectiveness of the Shielding Programmes. The full report is available and a short video summary can be seen below:

Scottish Government text messaging service

The Scottish Government's text messaging service is available for people who are at the highest risk (previously on the shielding list) to recieve the latest updates from the Scottish Government, 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.

The Scottish Government will never ask you for sensitive personal information or your banking details. If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by calling Police Scotland on 101.

Advice and support for people with Downs Syndrome and their families / carers

Down’s Syndrome Scotland provides a range of services for children and young people, adults, family carers and professionals. You can find out more about Downs Syndrome Scotland's services, and get current advice on Coronavirus, shielding, vaccinations, and access Easy Read versions of their advice and information on the Downs Syndrome Scotland website

Accessing help and support

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

Coronavirus helpline - use this form to request domestic, financial or social care help related to Coronavirus, including support if you have been asked to self-isolate

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.