Thanks bowlingbun for alerting me to this topic and sorry it's taken me several days to respond. I hope the confusion over what you thought was conflicting Government guidance on carers being in priority group 6 for vaccines has not caused any of you too much worry.
I've spoken with our policy team and our Senior Information Officer about this and they've asked me to share the following information with you which I hope will reassure you that carers are still in group 6 of the priority list.
The latest advice from the Government's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation confirms that carers are included in group 6. Although carers aren't mentioned in the summary table (see page 8 in the link below), priority group 6 refers you to Table 3 which confirms (page 10) that carers are included in this group:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... 14a_v6.pdf
Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
I think the confusion may be because carers aren't mentioned in the summary table.
If you are struggling to register as a carer with your GP we would encourage you to use this template letter which we have recently made available on our website following feedback from carers.
https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... ate-letter
At our Care for a Cuppa session on Monday, a carer who lives in Hertfordshire said that in his area when a vulnerable person receives their vaccine, an accompanying carer is given their vaccine at the same time. It would be interesting to hear if this approach is also taking place in other parts of the country.
I hope this information is helpful but please let us know if you have any further questions, either in this topic or by contacting our helpline at email@example.com
With good wishes