NHS offers free vitamin D supplements

NHS is offering free vitamin D supplements for the elderly or people at risk of Covid-19.


NHS is offering free vitamin D supplements for the elderly or people at risk of Covid-19. During autumn and winter, everyone is advised to take vitamin D to keep their bones and muscles healthy and to support their general health.

This is particularly important if you've been indoors over the spring and summer as you may not have been getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Use this service to get free daily vitamin D supplements if you're at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Who can use this service?

You can use this service if all of these apply:

  • You have received a letter from the NHS or the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) saying you're at high risk from coronavirus.
  • You're aged 18 or over.
  • You live in England.

When you apply, we will check you're on the shielded patients list of people at high risk from coronavirus. If you have received a letter about this, you're on the list.

The NHS will share your name and address with a partner provider working with DHSC and they will send you 4 months' supply of supplements from January 2021.

You can make 1 application for vitamin D supplements. You need to apply before 4 January 2021.

If you have not received a letter saying you're at high risk from coronavirus - - and think you should have, speak to your GP or healthcare professional.

Before you start

These supplements are not suitable for everyone. Read how to take vitamin D supplements safely on GOV.UK. 

You will need to give us some information about yourself, including your NHS number. Your NHS number is a 10 digit number, like 485 777 3456. You can find it on the letter from DHSC.

If you're using this service for someone else, you need to give us their details so that we can match them to the shielded patients list.

For more information, click here to go to NHS website.

Posted: December 19, 2020