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Carers UK Forum • Carers removed from vaccine list? - Page 5
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Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:27 am
by Carol_21011
Does anyone know if Priority Groups 5 and 6 are being contacted now? Will it be Priority Group 5 first or as with the earlier vaccinations, two groups seem to be called st the same time?
I read an article on Pulse Today which said Primary Care Network will deal with Group 6 but not necessarily GP. As before my GP Surgery won't give out any future plans.
I still am confused as to how PCN know you're a carer if the GP is not involved?
Can anyone enlighten me please?

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:48 am
by sunnydisposition
Make a call to 119 for a vaccination appointment.

There is currently not access for carers on the system.


Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:19 pm
by Andrew_20111
Hi. Still waiting to hear from anyone regarding my wife receiving a vaccine. She is in group 6 and I'm assuming I will get the jab too being her carer.

I've just looked on our GP surgery website where there is this statement -

When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward.

For most people this will be a letter, either from their GP or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.

Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this letter.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:41 pm
by bowlingbun
I'm 69, in Group 6, had a letter asking me to make an appointment, also enquiring if I had any special need for access etc., which I don't. So I'm happy to go 10 miles away to a pharmacy attached to a hospital. I know that a more local hospital is a vaccination centre, but I wasn't offered that in the next few days. It's possibly got more space for those with special needs than the pharmacy I'm going to. Hopefully as I'm flexible it will give the more frail people a shorter journey to travel?

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:51 pm
by Carol_21011
How do the NHS know I'm a carer unless the GP is involved? How will I know if I've been overlooked? I don't mind how far I travel to get a jab. My dad has had his so I'm not so worried for him now or about the numerous Community Nurses coming in but I am worried about me getting sick. If I can't care for him there's no one else in the family so it will be a care home. I am his carer to avoid that scenario. I do everything for him throughout the day. When he was in hospital last year it was being helped to get out of bed, sit in a chair and then back into bed. Not something to look forward too.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:21 pm
by susieq
How do the NHS know I'm a carer unless the GP is involved? How will I know if I've been overlooked?

Carol sorry if you've already tried this but have you tried ringing 119 and asking them ? At one point I thought I might have been overlooked as everyone else around me in my age group seemed to have had their invitation and I hadn't received anything (I'm 74). The person I spoke to on the phone was very helpful and, by coincidence, I received the standard invitation letter the next day followed by a phone call from my GP on the same day asking would I like to make an appointment.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:06 pm
by Carol_21011
Hi susieq
Just phoned 119 and explained that I am a carer who has been in receipt of Carer's Allowance but they said I'm not entitled to a vaccine yet. I asked how they would know I'm a carer when it was my turn and they agreed that they wouldn't know and therefore wouldn't offer me a vaccine. I asked what could be done to rectify this discrepancy and they are going to find out and get back to me.
I will try my GP again tomorrow.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:47 pm
by sunnydisposition
Carol_21011 wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:06 pm
Hi susieq
Just phoned 119 and explained that I am a carer who has been in receipt of Carer's Allowance but they said I'm not entitled to a vaccine yet. I asked how they would know I'm a carer when it was my turn and they agreed that they wouldn't know and therefore wouldn't offer me a vaccine. I asked what could be done to rectify this discrepancy and they are going to find out and get back to me.
I will try my GP again tomorrow.
Just as I said above.

There are no systems in place for carers.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:17 pm
by Andrew_20111
sunnydisposition wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:47 pm
Carol_21011 wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:06 pm
Hi susieq
Just phoned 119 and explained that I am a carer who has been in receipt of Carer's Allowance but they said I'm not entitled to a vaccine yet. I asked how they would know I'm a carer when it was my turn and they agreed that they wouldn't know and therefore wouldn't offer me a vaccine. I asked what could be done to rectify this discrepancy and they are going to find out and get back to me.
I will try my GP again tomorrow.
Just as I said above.

There are no systems in place for carers.
Right so if we don't do anything, we will by default find ourselves in 'the rest of the population' bracket. I'm 55 so would be in that.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:12 pm
by sunnydisposition
Andrew_20111 wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:17 pm
sunnydisposition wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:47 pm
Carol_21011 wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:06 pm
Hi susieq
Just phoned 119 and explained that I am a carer who has been in receipt of Carer's Allowance but they said I'm not entitled to a vaccine yet. I asked how they would know I'm a carer when it was my turn and they agreed that they wouldn't know and therefore wouldn't offer me a vaccine. I asked what could be done to rectify this discrepancy and they are going to find out and get back to me.
I will try my GP again tomorrow.
Just as I said above.

There are no systems in place for carers.
Right so if we don't do anything, we will by default find ourselves in 'the rest of the population' bracket. I'm 55 so would be in that.
So far I've contacted my local mayor and NHS ccg and 119.