Published 8th March 2021
Details of how carers are able to get their COVID-19 vaccination are now available. Please also see below about how help is available for carers to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
In line with national guidance, appointments for COVID-19 vaccination are now being offered to eligible carers identified within cohort 6 by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The JCVI defines carer eligibility as “Anyone who is the sole or primary carer of an older or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19”.
Those registered as a carer with their GP practice or in receipt of regular carers allowance payments should automatically receive an invite and do not need to do the below.
The NHS, county councils and carer organisations are working together to identify carers who may not be registered or known to their GP practice or local council services.
Those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person but do not receive a carer allowance or related benefits are unlikely to be known to their local authority. And those who have not notified their GP of their caring responsibilities will not be flagged as a carer on their GP record.
Eligible carers of an elderly or disabled person can register themselves as a carer. The easiest way to do this is online at: apps.norfolk.gov.uk/carervax
A 24/7 telephone voicemail service is available for people to leave their contact details, but only for those unable to register online 01603 257 256.
For more information, please read the FAQs at www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme/17-coronavirus/226-covid-vaccination-letter
(Information provided by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Waveney CCG)
Free help for carers to get to their vaccination appointments
Caring Together are providing free help to any carer who feels they will have challenges getting to their appointment, including with transport or due to leaving the person they look after, or with making the practical arrangements.
For more information:
- call Caring Together on 0345 241 0954
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- or fill in the form at caringtogether.org/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-carers-to-attend-covid-19-vaccinations