Shielding information for people at higher clinical risk

Support for people at higher clinical risk

The Scottish Government has announced a pause to shielding. People who were advised to shield because of covid-19 no longer have to do so from 1 August.

Deliveries of weekly grocery boxes to people shielding will continue until the end of July for those already signed up. Priority access to supermarket delivery slots will also continue for those who have signed up before 31 July.

Advice for people who have been asked to shield

You can read the latest guidance on shielding on the Scottish Government's website. This includes information on food delivery schemes from supermarkets. You can also find more shielding advice, including information about going back to school or work, on the mygov.scot website.

The Scottish Government has also set up a SMS shielding service for the latest updates about shielding. You can join this service by sending a text from your mobile phones to 0786 006 4525.

If you still need support

If you were shielding and require support, please email [email protected] or call 0131 200 2306 during working hours Monday to Friday and we’ll discuss how the Council may be able to support you. If you’re calling out with working hours and this is an emergency, please call our Care and Response service on 0131 200 2000.

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Other ways we can help

Volunteer Edinburgh's Community Taskforce has fully trained and insured volunteers who are able to help anyone who needs support with practical tasks such as shopping, pet care, dog walking or small gardening tasks. If you or someone you know needs help please contact them on 0131 225 0630 or e-mail [email protected]