Adults with Down’s Syndrome and Shielding Advice

The four Chief Medical Officers in the UK have decided to add adults with Down’s syndrome to the list of people at the highest clinical risk from the COVID-19 virus, this is sometimes referred to as the ‘shielding list’.  

All adults with Down’s syndrome living in Scotland have been sent a letter from Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer and included an Easy Read version of the letter which you can find below.

What this means is that from the start of November 2020, all adults with Down’s syndrome will be offered additional advice and support and they should take extra care now because they are at the highest risk of severe ill health should they catch the virus.  


Please contact our helpline if you need any more information or simply want to talk about this change: 0300 030 2121.  

Please note the advice offered here could change at short notice if the Scottish Government has to make a change to the shielding policy or to general advice as a consequence of new data/developments. We will update the information provided here if that happens. 

5th January 2021 Update: The Chief Medical Officer will be writing to everyone on the shielding list to set out the new advice in line with the stay at home guidance issued by the First Minister yesterday. You should stay at home as much as possible, but you can still go out for exercise and essential shopping or medicines. You should minimise contact with people outside your own household if you can. You can sign up for priority access to supermarket online delivery slots, more information about how to do this will be included with your letter. 

If you have any questions or concerns give us a call on our helpline 0300 030 2121.

 Below you will find some PDFs which provide additional information and copies of the letters in easy read

File name Type Size Download
Easy Read of Letter from Chief Medical Officer PDF 0.7MB Download
Adults with Down's syndrome and Shielding Q & A PDF 0.2MB Download
Extra Advice for Those at a Higher Risk from Coronavirus PDF 0.0MB Download
Easy Read of CMO letter to Level 4 residents on shielding list PDF 0.9MB Download
Easy Read information on Priority shopping advice PDF 0.5MB Download
Easy read information on restriction measures for all levels PDF 0.7MB Download