As you may be aware the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) has included unpaid carers on the Covid vaccination priority list in group 6. You may have already received a vaccine invite if you are aged over 65 or if you have other health conditions. Over the next few weeks carers will also be invited to book to receive the vaccine.
Please note: If you have made it known to your GP that you are a carer you will be automatically contacted through your GP and provided with a link to book your vaccine at a dedicated centre / pharmacy.
Carers who are already registered with us at Trafford Carers Centre and who have received a statutory carers assessment will receive an invitation through NHS England. If you are unsure if you have received a statutory carers assessment please complete the form below and our team will review the carer register.
Unpaid carers over the age of 18 who are not already known to health and care services can contact the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119 to complete a short application process to determine if they are eligible to book their vaccination appointment.
You must be over 18 to book using the national booking service and you will need to provide your name and date of birth and your NHS number
If you are unsure if you are registered with either your GP or through Trafford Carers Centre and you identify as an unpaid carer please complete the form below.
To help you identify if you are eligible the PHE Green Book2 describes an Adult Carer as:
“Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.”
Those clinically vulnerable to COVID include:
- children with severe neuro-disabilities
- those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (CEV)
- adults who have underlying health conditions (as defined in table 3 of the Green Book)
- those who need care because of advanced age.
An unpaid carer requiring a vaccination therefore can be, but is not limited to:
Someone who cares for a person who is within JCVI priority cohorts 1-6, provides close personal care or is the sole or primary carer.
- An adult family member or friend providing daily face-to-face care to a person who, because of their advanced age, requires support but is still living in their own home.
- A person caring for an adult with Down’s Syndrome.
- A parent/foster parent caring for a young person who is receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) because of a severe neuro-disability.
- Any adult providing supplementary unpaid care to an older person who is self funding their own care package, for example through a domiciliary care agency.
- Two siblings who equally share and provide 24-hour care to an older person with dementia in addition to their own family and work commitments. If either sibling was to fall ill, the other would not be able to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the older person. Both siblings would be considered the primary carer.
For more information about the vaccine and the vaccination programme please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Please note that if you are an eligible carer receiving your invitation will not be an immediate process. We are still awaiting guidance on the invitation process and will update our communications when this has been received.