24th February 2021

Unpaid carers are now being invited for their Covid vaccinations as part of priority group 6.

It is advised that parents request their GP to mark their records with a ‘carers flag’ to ensure they’re invited for the vaccination when their turn arrives.

Contact has produced a useful template letter to help parents complain if their GP tells them they are not a priority for the COVID-19 vaccine. You will find the template letter on Contact’s website: COVID vaccination: Your Questions Answered page.

Unpaid carers who get Carer’s Allowance are now able to book a Covid vaccine online in the NHS portal: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/  or by calling 119.

Further useful information can be found on the following pages:

Advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the groups that should be prioritised for vaccination.

NHS letter to vaccination centres, GPs and pharmacies

13th January 2021

Unpaid carers are now on the vaccination list (Group 6). It is advised that every parent carer should get in touch with their GP to ensure they are registered as their childs official carer. This will ensure you are included in the government’s priority group 6 (unpaid carers) and are offered the vaccine once it becomes available for that priority group.

A Q&A about the Covid-19 vaccination is available from Contact: https://contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/children-with-health-needs/covid-vaccination-your-questions-answered/

More information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-december-2020#fn:3

Why you should register with your GP as a carer: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/your-gp

Unique’s Carers Wellbeing guide: https://www.rarechromo.org/practical-guides-for-families/