Updated advice on vitamin D intake during COVID-19 pandemic

23rd April 2020

Public Health England and The Scottish Government has re-issued its advice for taking vitamin D during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is because the Government is advising people to ‘Stay at home’, therefore, many people will not be going outdoors in order for their body to create vitamin D from direct sunlight exposure. The advice to the public is:

  • If you are not going outdoors often, then it is recommended for you to take a daily supplement of vitamin D 10mcg to keep your bones and muscles healthy
    • This includes children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, and the elderly
  • Vitamin D can be purchased from most pharmacies and supermarkets which are both open to the public in the current climate
  • Only buy enough for what you need


Please note that the re-issue of the advice is not to prevent COVID-19, or mitigate its effects. There is currently no evidence that vitamin D reduces the risk of COVID-19.


Further guidance on vitamin D can be found on the NPA website.


For further information on this or any other query, please contact the NPA Pharmacy Services team on 01727 891 800 or email pharmacyservices@npa.co.uk.


Produced by the NPA Pharmacy Services team April 2020