Covid-19 Shielding and Vaccinations Latest information about shielding Shielding and Vaccinations Last updated: 29/01/21 The UK is currently undergoing a nationwide vaccination programme against Covid-19. The NHS is first offering these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19. This includes older adults in care homes and frontline health and social care workers. During the first lockdown the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit sent a list to the government with all the known patients with high tetraplegia who should have been sent a shielding letter. This information will have been passed onto GPs and they will be included in Group 4 and eligible for early vaccination. If you believe that you should have been included in that list it is imperative that you contact your GP to have your status amended to ensure that you have been placed into group four and are therefore eligible for early vaccination. What if I am worried about going outside again? The Scottish Government’s clinical and scientific advisors say that the chance of catching the virus while outdoors, while following social distancing advice is very low. There are proven benefits for your mental and physical health to be outside, breathe fresh air and enjoy a change of environment. If you are worried, you can call us for advice on 0800 0132 305 and we’re happy to talk through any questions you have. What will happen next? Over the coming weeks and months the Scottish Government will continue to review the situation and aims to provide everyone who is shielding with more information, including specific information about their condition to help makes choices about their own lives.