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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people on the Highest Risk List

Advice to help people on the Highest Risk List make informed decisions and access support services.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people on the Highest Risk List


Advice for people on the Highest Risk List

Our advice is that people on the Highest Risk List can continue to follow the same advice as the rest of the population, unless your GP or clinician advises otherwise.

Read the latest advice for people on the Highest Risk List on

See the rules and advice that apply to everyone in Scotland.

Who is on the Highest RIsk List

We have published a list of who is on the Highest Risk List. Everyone who is on the Highest Risk List will have been advised of this by a letter from the Chief Medical Officer.

Staying safe at work

Visit our advice on working page for guidance on going or returning to work, and staying safe in the workplace.


Vaccination is still the most important way to protect yourself and other people. You and your friends and family should get all the vaccinations we offer you as soon as you can. Talk to your GP or clinician if you are not sure about vaccinations.

Find information about vaccinations on NHS inform. This includes information for people with underlying health conditions.

Sign up for free text message updates

Find out how to join our free text message update service for people on the Highest Risk List at

Adults who live with you

Adults who live with you can help reduce their risk of passing Covid to you by:

  • getting vaccinated as soon as they can
  • taking lateral flow tests regularly to check they have not caught Covid
  • isolating away from you if they test positive for Covid

If you develop symptoms, book a PCR test

You can book a PCR test by:

  • visiting the GOV.UK website
  • or phoning 119 (7am to 11pm daily. Calls are free). Tell the person on the phone that you are on the Highest Risk List

Support to get back to a more normal way of life

Being on the Highest Risk List may have had an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. You may be more anxious, or isolated, or struggling to reconnect with people and things you were doing before the pandemic. 

Find information about support you can get at

Distance Aware badges and lanyards

We have published more information about the Distance Aware badge and lanyard scheme. The scheme is for anyone who would like others to give them extra space and care, for any reason.

National Assistance Helpline

If you need extra help getting food, medicine and other essentials, or you need advice on practical or emotional support in your area, you can call the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 (Monday to Friday, office hours). This will put you through to your local council.

Letters to the Highest Risk List

We publish letters that have gone out to people on the Highest Risk List. Translations or alternative formats of the letters are uploaded on request.

Care home residents

This advice does not apply to anyone living in a residential care or nursing home. Care homes are following the separate guidance for care home settings.

First published: 23 Feb 2021 Last updated: 28 Feb 2022 -