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The role of unpaid carers has been more vital than ever during the pandemic, but there has been variation so far in how they have been receiving the Covid-19 jab. With more details set to emerge on how carers will be identified and contacted for their vaccines, Charlotte Paddison argues the case for a clear plan.
Rightly, unpaid carers have been included in the Covid-19 vaccination programme priority groups list, but until now there has been no clear plan for identifying carers, with wide variation in how this is happening in different places.
GP practices in some areas have been vaccinating people based on lists from local carers’ groups, while other practices have sent letters to anyone who might be a carer based on practice records of people with a disability. In some vaccination centres, if a carer has accompanied a high-priority patient (such as an adult over 80) for their vaccine, they might be offered one too, yet elsewhere vaccinations for carers may not even have started.
Thankfully NHS England have this week written to practices and primary care networks asking them to vaccinate unpaid carers, and are set to publish their Standing Operating Procedure with further details. What is in it will be vital, as without a clear plan for how the vaccination programme will identify unpaid carers, many could miss out.
Unpaid carers must also join the vaccination campaign success
While good progress is now being made vaccinating the 1.5 million paid carers working in social care, it’s important that unpaid carers – of which there are nine times as many – are not forgotten.
It is reassuring that welcome steps are now being taken on this. But without a concrete and actionable plan, many unpaid carers could fall through the gap – missing out on vaccinations that are an essential part of the government’s strategy for protecting the health and social care workforce during the pandemic, and putting vulnerable adults and children who depend on their care at risk.