At-risk groups to receive free winter supply of vitamin D

2.7 million vulnerable individuals in England to be offered free winter supply of vitamin D by the government.

Published 28 November 2020

From: Department of Health and Social Care

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· Deliveries will be made to clinically extremely vulnerable and care home residents

· Higher risk of vitamin D deficiency as these groups have spent more time indoors this year

More than 2.5 million vulnerable people across England will be offered free vitamin D supplements for the winter, the government has announced today (Saturday 28 November).

All care homes will automatically receive a provision for their residents, while individuals on the clinically extremely vulnerable list will receive a letter inviting them to opt in for a supply to be delivered directly to their homes. Deliveries will be free of charge, starting in January, and will provide 4 months’ worth of supplements to last people through the winter months.

The supplements will support general health, in particular bone and muscle health. This is particularly important this year as these individuals are more likely to have been indoors for extended periods due to measures introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you are already prescribed a calcium / vitamin D supplement by your Dr and receive a letter to opt in for a free supply of vitamin D, please let the practice pharmacist or pharmacy technician know.

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