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COVID-19 vaccination for carers

COVID-19 vaccine

Sole or primary carers who provide close personal care or face-to-face support for an elderly or disabled clinically vulnerable person in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation groups 1 to 6, are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Carers will be contacted in phases. This will start with those carers already known to health and social care services and those who are identified as a primary carer on their GP’s register, or are eligible for a carer’s allowance. This will be followed by those who have had a statutory carers assessment by their local council, or are receiving support from a local carers organisation.

Unpaid carers over the age of 18, who are not already known to health and care services can contact the National Booking Service or by ringing 119, to determine if they are eligible to book their vaccination appointment. To complete this process, you will need to give your name, date of birth and NHS number.

Every possible effort will be made to vaccinate eligible carers at the same time as the people they care for. Eligible unpaid carers are encouraged to make themselves known to the vaccination service as a carer so they and the person they care for can both be vaccinated at the same time where this is possible.

In addition to vaccination, it is important that carers have twice weekly asymptomatic testing, continue to maintain good practices such as wearing a face covering and regular hand washing and follow current restrictions. Asymptomatic testing can be done at one of the rapid test centres in Bracknell Forest. If anyone develops symptoms they must self-isolate and book a PCR test on GOV.UK or by calling 119.

Visit the NHS website for more information about vaccinations for carers