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Covid-19 vaccinations for eligible unpaid carers: how to book

UPDATE 7 April: We understand that there may be fewer slots for vaccinations over the coming weeks. But if you are an unpaid parent carer and have not yet received your vaccination, but want one, it’s worth still trying to book a vaccination appointment yourself on this link or you can call 119. If you are struggling, Amaze can support you to access one via your GP. You can do this by completing our registration form here. You will need to agree (‘opt in’) for us to share your details with your GP and that you wish to be invited for a Covid vaccination.

Who is eligible?

Unpaid carers include anyone who is eligible for Carer’s Allowance, or anyone who is the main carer for someone whose welfare may be at risk if their carer fell ill.

Amaze has worked hard, with other carer organisations, to get the NHS across Sussex to agree to apply ‘local discretion’ to include the widest possible group of carers. This means that Sussex parent carers are eligible if they are caring for a child or young person up to 25, with a special educational need or disability that has a big effect on them every day. This usually means your child has, or is eligible for, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Education Health and Care (EHC) plan, a Compass or iGO Card, or is accessing services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

How can I get vaccinated?

There are two ways that you can book a vaccination. You can either wait to be contacted by the NHS National Vaccination Programme or you can book an appointment yourself online.

Invitations to be vaccinated

The National Vaccination Programme is sending out invitations for vaccination to people who, at the beginning of March 2021 were:

  • eligible for Carers Allowance
  • registered with their GP as a carer
  • registered with a local carers organisation, for example Care for the Carers or Amaze (you would have needed to ‘opt-in’ with Amaze for us to have shared your details)
  • had used services provided by East Sussex County Council (ESCC) Adult Social Care or Children’s Services Departments

If you fall into any of these groups you will soon be offered a vaccination – you may even have been contacted already.

Booking online

If you are an eligible unpaid carer you can also choose to book a vaccination appointment yourself on the national NHS website or you can call 119.

How to complete the online booking form if you are an eligible unpaid carer

When you reach question 7 on the national booking link that asks if you are the ‘main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus’ you must tick ‘yes’.

You will then be asked if you ‘provide personal care to this person’. Again, you must tick ‘yes’ to this question. You will then be able to select a vaccination centre and book an appointment date and time that is convenient to you.

Register with a carers’ organisation

Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your support? Many people supporting in this way will not previously have registered as an unpaid carer.

If you are not already registered with a carers’ organisation, you may wish to do so.

Registering with a local carers’ organisation means you can get information and support when you need it most. You can also be kept up to date with plans for carers’ vaccinations as more details become available.

If you care for an adult over 18 you might opt to register with our partners:

At present, carers’ organisations are receiving a large number of enquiries and working as swiftly as possible to register carers, so please be patient if you are waiting for a response.

NHS contact for your COVID-19 vaccination questions

We know that many people have questions about the rollout of the vaccine. The scale and pace of the programme is unprecedented. New vaccines are still being approved, additional vaccination services are introduced every week, and guidance is updated as clinicians learn more about how to get the greatest benefit from the vaccines. Each change throws up new questions.

To answer those questions, or if you are particularly anxious or know you or your young person will need some reasonable adjustments, you can email: sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net or ring 0800 4334545. The team there are replying to enquiries as quickly as possible but ask people to please check the Frequent Asked Questions ( FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine | Sussex Health & Care Partnership (sussexhealthandcare.uk) before raising a query.

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