UK to Deliver Free Vitamin D Supplements to Vulnerable People

December 9, 2020

The UK Government plans to deliver free Vitamin D supplements to 2.7 million clinically vulnerable people to help protect against covid.

The United Kingdom will give free vitamin D supplements to 2.7 million people who are deemed vulnerable to infections, including covid. Vitamin D will be delivered to residents in care homes and to people who are “clinically extremely vulnerable”, as listed in “Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from covid-19”.

UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, declared: “A number of studies indicate Vitamin D might have a positive impact in protecting against covid”. Government said the mass free vitamin D plan is intended to stop a coronavirus winter surge in UK hospitals and to halt the influx of covid patients into intensive care units this winter.

Deliveries will be free of charge, starting in January 2021, and will provide four months’ worth of supplements through the winter months.

Public Health England “Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from covid-19”
NHS “Free vitamin D supplements for people at high risk from coronavirus”