Vaccinations for unpaid carers
The NHS is inviting unpaid carers to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination. Eligible unpaid carers will be contacted by the NHS when it’s their turn to receive the vaccine and will be given information about how they should book their appointment. This will either be at a vaccination site in your local community supported by their GP practice, or at a large vaccination centre. In some cases where caring responsibilities are shared, an additional person can be classed as a primary carer and receive a vaccination.
How is the NHS identifying unpaid carers?
The NHS has already identified unpaid carers who:
- are eligible for a carer’s allowance;
- are identified as a primary carer by their GP; or
- are receiving support following a carer’s assessment by the County Council or our partner local carers’ organisation; and
- are the sole or primary carer who provides close personal care or face to face support for an elderly or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19
If I am unpaid carer who is already known to health or care services, do I need to do anything yet?
If you are in one of the groups above, you do not need to do anything yet. The NHS will contact you with details of how to be vaccinated.
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.
Carers are being contacted in phases, starting with those carers who are identified as a primary carer on their GP’s register or eligible for a carer’s allowance first, followed by those who have had a statutory carer’s assessment by the County Council or are receiving support from our local partner carer’s organisation.
Can I be vaccinated at the same time as the person I care for?
Every possible effort will be made to vaccinate eligible carers at the same time as the people they care for, such as when they accompany them for a vaccination.
How old do I need to be to book using the National Booking Service?
You must be over 18 to book using the National Booking Service and you will need to provide your name, date of birth and your NHS number.
Why is it important for me, as an unpaid carer, to be vaccinated?
Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. By getting vaccinated, unpaid carers can help protect themselves from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, so they can continue to be there for their family, friends, and the people they care for.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine
What do I need to do to prepare for the vaccine, as an unpaid carer?
• Wait to be contacted. When you are contacted by the NHS about your vaccine, book an appointment as soon as possible. This will either be at a vaccination site in your local community supported by your GP practice, or at a large vaccination centre.
• Take steps to arrange alternative support for the person you are caring for while you are at your vaccination appointment. If you need help to arrange this, please contact the County Council on 0300 111 8010.
• Read the Public Health England coronavirus vaccination information so you know what to expect when being vaccinated.
• When you go and get your vaccine, take along with you the confirmation of your appointment, photo ID to prove your identity, and your NHS number if you have it. You do not need to provide proof you are a carer – this will already have been determined.
• If you are an eligible unpaid carer and you will be accompanying the person you care for to their vaccination appointment at their local GP vaccination service, and you haven’t received your invitation yet, if you wish to receive your vaccination at the same time you must make this known to the GP surgery in advance to confirm an appointment.
The vaccination sites are not able to support walk-in appointments.
I am an unpaid carer already known to the County Council. What information about me has the Council shared with the NHS?
We have shared the following information securely with the NHS solely for the purpose of the NHS inviting you for vaccination:
- NHS number (where we know this)
We have shared this information as a public duty, under the Health and Care Act 2012.
For more information relating to how we treat your personal information, please see our Public Health Privacy Notice and overarching SCC Privacy Notice.
If you wish to exercise your rights as a data subject or have any concerns about how your data is handled by the Council, please contact the Data Protection Officer: email@example.com.