Free supply of vitamin D for clinically extremely vulnerable people

The Government has written to people on the Shielded Patient List (SPL) advising them of the latest advice on how they can stay as safe as possible. Updated ‘additions’ letters for sending to patients newly added to the SPL will shortly be available on the NHS Digital website and in GP IT systems.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that a free four-month supply of daily vitamin D supplements will be offered to those that are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and care home residents to support general health, in particular bone and muscle health. All care homes will automatically receive a provision for their residents, while individuals on the CEV list will receive a letter inviting them to opt in for a supply to be delivered directly to their homes from January 2021.

DHSC has published guidance on how to take these supplements safely, which all CEV patients should read before deciding whether to opt in. This includes advice that people who already take a prescription or a supplement containing vitamin D should not opt in to receive the supplement. It also advises that people with certain medical conditions or treatments should not opt in and should speak to their GP or healthcare professional at their next appointment.

The announcement also highlighted current UK government advice for everyone to take a daily 10 microgram vitamin D supplement over Autumn and Winter encouraging everyone to purchase products from retailers