This page was last updated on: 28 November 2023
Coronavirus and cerebral palsy
Having cerebral palsy does not necessarily put someone at higher risk of getting infected with coronavirus. However, if you have an associated condition or have a weakened immune system, it may affect your ability to deal with the virus if you were to get it. The Association of British Neurologists have published guidance on Covid-19 for people with neurological conditions, their doctors and carers.
Advice for people who were on the Highest Risk list
On 31 May 2022, the Scottish Government ended the Covid-19 Highest Risk List and associated guidance for people that were categorised as being at highest risk of coronavirus. The Scottish Government’s current advice for people who were on this list is:
- To keep up to date with your Covid-19 vaccinations
- If you have a weakened immune system, to adhere to the Scottish Government guidance for immunosuppressed people
Booster vaccination programme
Vaccines continue to be offered at certain times for some people, including:
- children and adults with a chronic neurological condition, including cerebral palsy, which may put them at higher clinical risk from coronavirus
- people who are household contacts of people with a weakened immune system.
You can find out if you are eligible for a booster by visiting NHS Inform. If you feel that you are eligible, but have not received an invitation letter, then you can self-book via the online portal or by calling the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013.
- The Scottish Government has advice for staying safe in the workplace.
- The Scottish Government has advice if you are more worried, or isolated, or struggling to reconnect with people and things you were doing before the pandemic.
- The Distance Aware scheme means you can wear a badge or lanyard with a blue and yellow shield to show other people you would like some extra space and care taken around you.
The impact of Covid restrictions and how Cerebral Palsy Scotland can support you
Research has shown that Covid restrictions had a negative impact on the physical and mental health of many people with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Scotland offers therapy, support and information to people with cerebral palsy and their families. Please contact us to find out more about services and support that can help you.