Stay safe – stay shielded, says SNP Councillor

“If you have underlying health conditions that could put you at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19, please continue to follow the advice from the Scottish Government”, said Cllr Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest), who is in the shielding category.

The Scottish Government, in consultation with the NHS, identified around 180,000 people in Scotland who were at the greatest risk of becoming seriously ill or even dying from Coronavirus (Covid-19).  This included those with certain types of cancer, those with severe respiratory conditions or those who have received solid organ transplants.  They were contacted in late March/ early April to highlight the need to remain shielded and to stay at home and limit interaction with those outside their household.

The Scottish Government has announced that those currently shielding should expect to remain shielded until the end of July although there will likely be some changes to allow these people to go outside for exercise. Those who are affected will receive a letter from the chief medical officer explaining the latest guidance.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:

“It’s good news that outdoor exercise will likely be allowed from next week as the evidence now shows the risk of outdoor infection is low, but strict physical distancing should be observed.

“There is support and advice available, during the initial phase I received three letters and two phone calls to highlight the importance of shielding.  There is support from both the council and local community groups who have all been excellent in helping those in the shielding category.

“The original advice was to remain shielded for 12 weeks, to protect the most vulnerable and although some people might be disappointed that this is now extended until the 31st July, it’s important to remember it’s for our own safety.  Too many people have died from Covid-19 to take risks with your health.”

Further information available from:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-shielding-way-forward-scotland/pages/6/

Renfrewshire Council Shielding Helpline

0300 300 0230

8:45am – 4:45pm (seven days per week) Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19