COVID-19 Shielding

Shielding is designed to protect extremely clinically vulnerable individuals by minimising all interaction between them and others to protect them from coming into contact with the COVID-19 virus.

Shielding guidance

The Scottish Government has updated the guidance for people who are on the shielding list.

More information

In a health emergency

If you have a health issue dial 111 or, in a health emergency, dial 999.

Help with shopping

Food boxes and meals

If you are shielding or self-isolating and can’t get to the shops or access online shopping, advice and support is available. This includes information on where to get food boxes and prepared meals.

Gift card schemes

You can also ask family, friends or neighbours to help with your shopping. Gift card schemes are a way for others to pay for shopping online or in store for you.

Online priority booking

If you are able to shop online, you may also be able to book priority slots at the supermarket of your choice by looking up their website and using their online home delivery service.

Other help

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS)

If you or someone you know is feeling anxious, struggling with the news or feeling isolated and lonely, the CHSS amazing Kindness Volunteers are here for you.

They can offer a friendly and regular Kindness Call or some practical support like shopping or picking up prescriptions.

Midlothian Council

If you still need advice on shopping or other support, you can also email our communities team: