Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations for unpaid carers

Unpaid carers are eligible for the COVID vaccine as part of Cohort 6 defined by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI).

The definition given for those eligible is:

  • Eligible for Carer's Allowance 
  • Those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable. (This includes: those clinically vulnerable to COVID include children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), adults who have underlying health conditions and those who need care because of advanced age

If you are an unpaid carer for an adult, and are currently known through the following routes, you will have been invited for your vaccine by your GP practice or by the National Booking Service:

  • Those known to GPs who have a 'carer's flag' on their primary care record 
  • Those in receipt of or entitled to carers allowance 
  • Those carers known to Local Authorities who are in receipt of support following a carers assessment 
  • Those known to local carer organisations to be actively receiving care and support

If you fall into one of these groups and have not yet been offered an appointment please contact your GP surgery.

If you do not fall into one of the groups below but you are an unpaid carer over the age of 18 who is not already known to health and care services you should contact your GP practice to request a vaccination on the grounds that you are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable. (This includes: those clinically vulnerable to COVID include children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), adults who have underlying health conditions and those who need care because of advanced age).

You will be asked a few questions and if this confirms that you are eligible you will be given  a vaccination appointment.

A reminder for carers attending appointments booked using the National Booking System at a Large Vaccination centre or Pharmacy site.

If you are attending one of these sites please remember to bring your invite letter, and if possible photographic ID, with you to your appointment. If you do not have photographic ID then please bring some other form of supporting identification with your name and address on - for example a utility bill or a bank statement print out, in order to speed up verification.

If you have booked using the National Booking site but do not have an invite letter, please just bring identification.