Ruth Maguire MSP has welcomed new evidence which indicates that a large percentage of children and young people may no longer need to shield.

A review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health regarding Covid-19 states that the majority of children with conditions including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and kidney disease do not need to continue to shield. This will allow them to return to schools when they reopen.

However, no child or young person will be removed from the shielding list without a consultation from their clinical team.  These discussions will take place throughout July, ensuring children have appropriate advice for their condition ahead of schools returning in August.

Those no longer having to shield should follow the guidance for the wider population in addition to advice from their clinicians.

The SNP MSP said: “This updated advice for children who have had to shield over the past weeks is fantastic news, particularly now that young children are able to meet with their friends once again. 

“Children able to once again leave their homes and socialise over the summer holidays and return to school with their peers will be a huge emotional boost after a prolonged period of isolation.

“I’m aware that many parents and carers will understandably feel cautious at this time. The updated advice provides help and guidance for them and their clinicians which should hopefully put their minds at ease.”

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – Shielding Guidance – https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-shielding-guidance-children-young-people