COVID-19 advice - Scotland

Last updated on: 6 July 2021

Each of the devolved nations has its own approach to handling the COVID-19 crisis. Here you’ll find the specific details for people living in Scotland.

We’re regularly updating our coronavirus information to ensure you have the most up-to-date and relevant content available.

Easing of lockdown

Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system (0-4). Each has a different set of rules on what you can and cannot do. Read more about what you can do on the Gov Scot website.

Check the level for an area using the postcode tool. See local council maps of Scotland.

COVID-19 vaccines

There’s a UK-wide plan to prioritise certain groups to be vaccinated first. Read more about priority groups.

Those who have already been invited or are currently being invited to be vaccinated are:

  • residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • front line health and social care workers
  • clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • people aged 18 and over
  • those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • all adults with a learning disability – mild, moderate, severe and profound
  • unpaid carers
  • household contacts of those who are severely immunosuppressed
  • adults experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping

Please reschedule or cancel your appointment if you cannot attend so your appointment can be given to someone else.

For general information about the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery, phone 0800 030 8013 (available 8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week).

Read the latest guidance: COVID-19 vaccines - your questions answered. For further information specific to Scotland, check the NHS Inform Scot website.

Guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable 

The Scottish government is recommending that you follow the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable to help protect yourself and others. For more details on the risk groups and protection levels, read the Gov Scot website information on the highest risk group.

You should take extra care to minimise contact with others by maintaining social distancing. Read the latest information on the Gov Scot website.

Staying safe at work

Read the latest guidance for employers and employees - creating and maintaining safer workplaces.

Advice for employees of these organisations on employment and financial support is also available at

Check out our dedicated resources about COVID-19 - employment and work.


You should self-isolate if you or somebody else in your household develops symptoms of coronavirus. This means not leaving your home for any reason and not having visitors unless it’s for essential medical care. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – book a test online to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You’ll need to arrange for food and essential supplies to be delivered and these should be left at your door to minimise contact with the delivery person.

Read the Gov Scot website guidance on self-isolating.

More support

NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

You can use the Viral Kindness website to find help in your local community including with food shopping and deliveries

There’s a national helpline number 0800 111 4000 you can use if you’re over 70, have a disability, are pregnant, receive mental health support or if you’re entitled to a flu jab because of an existing medical condition. The helpline will be able to connect you to appropriate services in your area.

Keep updated

If you’re feeling isolated from family and friends during these uncertain times, we’re here for you. Find out more about the support available in your area.

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