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COVID vaccine for unpaid carers

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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that unpaid carers are eligible for a COVID vaccine as part of priority group 6, subject to certain eligibility criteria.

If you are already registered as an unpaid carer with your GP or the local authority, you will be contacted directly to receive your COVID vaccination and you do not need to do anything further.

If you meet all three of the criteria listed below and are not registered as an unpaid carer with your GP or the local authority, please complete this online form to register your details (opens in new tab).

Please wait to be contacted to be invited for your vaccination. Vaccination is available by appointment only.

Unpaid carer criteria

You are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine as an unpaid carer if you satisfy all three of the following criteria:

  1. The vulnerability of the person being cared for:
  • is 65 years old and over (group 5)
  • is deemed extremely clinically vulnerable (group 4)
  • has a defined underlying health condition including mental illness (qualifying as group 6)
  • is a child under 16 with complex medical needs/ severe neuro-disabilities 
  1. The nature of the care provided to those 16 and over:
  • includes, but is not restricted to, helping with eating, bathing, shaving, managing continence, dressing and walking. It may include intervening in challenging or risky behaviour. It may include providing significant levels of support and supervision at home or in the community and where social distancing is not possible

The nature of the care provided to children under 16 with complex medical needs/ severe neuro-disabilities:

  • is beyond the care and support parents ordinarily provide for a child. It is likely to include tasks like tracheostomy tube care, airway suction, repositioning to manage pressure areas and care interventions such as respiratory physiotherapy. It may include intensive personal care such as daily washing and continence care and /or managing behaviours that challenge.
  1. The unpaid carer is the sole or primary carer:
  • we recognise that caring for some people may require two people to assist with such tasks as positioning, hoisting, bathing and changing. There may be arrangements whereby two people evenly divide the caring responsibilities. In such instances, both unpaid carers may be considered as the primary carers

Young carers under 16 will not be offered the vaccination. No children under 16 are being vaccinated, unless in exceptional circumstances due to severe-neuro disabilities. 

Eligibility for prioritisation is not dependant on receipt of carer’s allowance, membership of a carers’ organisation or being known to social services.