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Carers UK info on vaccine - Page 15 - Carers UK Forum

Carers UK info on vaccine

Guidance on coronavirus and a place to share concerns and support
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Sounds more than sensible to me. The problem all along was under estimating the numbers of unpaid carers. Counting on just the carers who are in receipt of carers allowance. And not having a computer program for a tick box for carers.
D_2103 wrote:
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:11 pm
Another unpaid carer here unable to get the vaccine. So confusing that the NHS website here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavir ... -vaccine/ employee monitoring software says this paste below but you can't use the online system or 119 to book in at the vaccination centres as they consider unpaid carers ineligible to use the systems. They say wait for your GP to make contact. Our GP has no doses due to come in for weeks and haven't even done their over 60's while the online system has now opened up to 55 and over so group 6 at the GPs are falling further and further behind all the time:


You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are a main carer of someone at high risk from coronavirus and either:

- you get Carer's Allowance – find out more about Carer's Allowance on GOV.UK
- it says you are a carer in your GP record

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service."
oh, thanks, I was looking for such information!
Email received from Helen Walker, CEO Carers UK today

I’m writing with the good news that we now have another route for unpaid carers to come forward to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. As you may know, we have been advocating for carers to be a priority in the vaccination programme since last July. On 30 December 2020, carers were included in Priority 6. Last October 2020, you told us that getting the vaccine was your top priority. We have continued to advocate for you, working with Government, local authorities and the NHS to make sure that this happened as quickly and as easily as possible. If you are offered the vaccine, we encourage you to take it up.

We know that many of you will have already had the vaccine. If you already have a letter or appointment, then please continue with that route.

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has now confirmed that unpaid carers in England can register for their COVID-19 vaccine online if they are the primary carer of someone who is clinically vulnerable (see definition on p11).

If you have been receiving Carer's Allowance for a while (or have an underlying entitlement), you should automatically be notified about your vaccine by letter. The same applies if you have a carer’s flag on your GP record. If you have only recently qualified for Carer's Allowance, we would suggest using the National Booking Service.

If you have had a carer’s assessment recently, then you should receive an invitation for a vaccination. If you don’t get this in the next few days and you think you are eligible, then please follow the procedure below.

If you are the primary carer of someone who is clinically vulnerable and over 18, you can use the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119. There are a few questions to answer to see if you are eligible. We are frequently updating our vaccine FAQs page on our website, which you can find here. This page also contains the answers to lots of commonly asked questions about the vaccination programme across the UK. You can refer to this government guidance for more information.

If you encounter any issues, please email us at comms@carersuk.org to share your experience and we will look into this. Alternatively, if you have any questions that aren’t answered on our FAQ page, you can get in touch with our advisers at advice@carersuk.org

Best wishes,

Helen Walker
Chief Executive
Carers UK

I recently had a letter from the County Council telling me I was eligible as a carer.
We had the AstraZeneca jab, now all the awful news that it causes blood clots when my Mum has had several strokes..
Its so hard to know what to do, I forced Mum to have her jab..

I personally hope and prey its fake news.
It doesn't cause blood clots. Blood clots are common, people get them with or without the jab. The key issue I that it's protecting mum from Covid.
There's a good article on the BBC from James Gallagher who took part in the vaccine trial makes it clearer. If that's ok to post.


I had the Oxford vaccine this week. Mild headache & achy, bit tired, but ok! It's connected with how strong your natural immune response is. Paracetamol, Ice on the injection area if needed. I can also recommend nice hot bath. Ginger helps too.
written by James Gallagher who has had the vaccine.
please explain this
why "private carers" are in group 2, but unpaid family carers are in Group 6? :?:

we don't make the rules!! I think the reasoning is that they often go from home to home and therefore are more likely to spread Covid between multiple households than a family carer.

But either way most priority group 6 carers who want the vaccine have had a least one by now.

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