Update 4 March 2021 – Vaccinations for unpaid carers
The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that people who are in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance, or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, should now be eligible for vaccination.
In Sussex, carers’ organisations and local authorities are working together with the NHS to ensure that all registered unpaid adult carers, including parent carers, can access the vaccine.
The NHS is working hard to roll out the vaccine safely to all eligible people as quickly as possible. The NHS in Sussex is on track to have offered the vaccine to all those in the first nine priority groups by mid-April, in line with the national target. This includes all those over the age of 50 and unpaid adult carers.
How do I book my appointment?
If you are a carer, aged 18 or over, who is in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, or if you are already registered as a carer by your GP, you can book right away at one of the larger vaccination centres or pharmacy-led services through the national booking service. Book online or by calling 119.
If you are registered as a carer with your GP, you can also wait to be contacted for an appointment by your local GP-led vaccination service if that is more convenient. If you are registered with the GP as a carer for a person who is now eligible because of an underlying health condition, you might be offered appointments together.
If you are a carer aged 16-18, please wait to be contacted by your local GP as they will need to arrange for you to receive the Pfizer vaccine. This is the only vaccine currently licensed for your age group.
If you are a carer who is neither in receipt of Carers Allowance nor registered as a carer by your GP, but you are registered with one of the local carers’ centres (listed below) or your local authority, you will be identified and invited to book your appointment. This is a large, complex, phased process and may take several weeks to implement, so please do not worry if you do not hear straight away.
In addition, urgent work is underway locally and nationally to develop a consistent approach for any eligible carers not already identified. We will share further details about this as soon as we can.
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 register now with Amaze or with one of the other carers’ organisations listed below.
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 carer’s vaccinations as more details become available.
Or you can register with these local carers’ organisations:
- In East Sussex: Care for the Carers cftc.org.uk / 01323 738 390 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- In West Sussex: Carers Support West Sussex 0300 0288888
- In Brighton & Hove: The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove. Register via Carers Hub or call 01273 977 000 for more information
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.