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 people 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.
The Department of Health will also issue 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.