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Carers UK Forum • Carers removed from vaccine list?
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Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:58 pm
by Leanne_2101
Does anyone know about this?

Lots of chat on various groups about carers being removed from the priority list as of the 27th Jan and staff involved in vaccination saying they have been advised carers are no longer included for group 6?

Seems to be sparked by the updated information posters being circulated to vaccination hubs and medical facilities which do not have carers listed anywhere.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... gs-posters

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:09 pm
by susieq
I'm pretty sure that carers are still in group 6 - found this after a google search

https://contact.org.uk/news-and-blogs/p ... ss-the-uk/
The government's vaccine committee has revised its recommendations to include unpaid carers in the vaccine priority list.

It now recommends unpaid carers who get Carer's Allowance or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person (child or adult) whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill should be prioritised alongside people with underlying health conditions.

This means unpaid carers are now in priority group 6: (see Table 3 of the green Book). It is not yet clear when unpaid carers will be offered the vaccine.
Our own factsheet which is regularly updated says the same
https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... ccine-faqs

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:54 pm
by Leanne_2101
Yes that’s what I thought but the people posting are saying that is the December guidance which has been updated on 27th Jan to no longer include carers.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:43 pm
by bowlingbun
This is dreadful. CUK needs to act.
I can just imagine doctors having the poster up, saying "where are you on the list then?"
Haven't we been treated as second class citizens all along?

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:57 pm
by Melly1
Leanne, carers are still listed in priority group 6 here https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... ble-groups

Last updated on 25/1/21.

Can you post a link of where it says they are now excluded?

Melly1

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:15 pm
by sunnydisposition
I've found this one dated 27th which maybe causing some concern/confusion.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... ity-groups

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... poster.pdf
Perhaps Carer UK could try and clarify
.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:56 pm
by Leanne_2101
sunnydisposition wrote:
Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:15 pm
I've found this one dated 27th which maybe causing some concern/confusion.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... ity-groups

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... poster.pdf
Perhaps Carer UK could try and clarify
.
Yes this is the list being circulated by medical staff and those involved with vaccine centres saying that’s the list they have been advised is up to date. I know many many people are being told they can’t register as a carer with their GP as it is, or being accused of queue jumping. It really is a big mess and correct info needs to be clarified to stop misinformation being given out. Some GPS are refusing to register any new carer registration requests at all.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:03 pm
by sunnydisposition
Thanks Leanne

I had hoped Carers UK would be able to supply some clarification. However they still might.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:16 pm
by Carol_21011
I'm a bit (more!) confused now. So if the GP looks at this poster they might think that carers are not eligible anymore. Is there any documentation from Carers UK that could be downloaded to clarify the situation? I always carry the letter downloaded from Carers which explains that as a carer I have a reason to be out and might need priority access in some situations.

Re: Carers removed from vaccine list?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:23 pm
by bowlingbun
I've sent Michael from CUK a message, asking him to clarify this confusing situation for us.