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Update about the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme availability for unpaid parent carers

There has been a change to the definition about which unpaid adult carers will be eligible for vaccination under priority 6 to:

those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or 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
(from Public Health England’s COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a)

Carers whose cared for are clinically vulnerable are specified as including those with:

  • children with severe neuro-disabilities
  • those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)
  • adults who have underlying health conditions (as defined in table 3 of the green book)
  • those who have care needs because of advanced age

As such, it appears many parent carers may not be eligible at this time. This is because children are considered to have a very low risk of dying from Covid-19. We know parent carers will be disappointed at this news, but this is a national decision based only on the clinical risk of the disease (removing the consideration for the welfare of the cared for person, which we had been expecting from a previous definition).

However, it seems that parent carers currently in receipt of (or eligible for) Carers Allowance, or already registered as a carer with their GP, will be invited for a vaccination. [See update below to learn how to book a vaccination if you are currently receiving Carers Allowance.]

More detailed guidance is expected to be published this week and we will share more information when we receive this. To reassure you, Amaze is working closely with local authorities, local health service partners, and other carer organisations, to ensure as many eligible parent carers are invited, as soon as possible, and we will be looking at how we can support more eligible carers to register, if they have not already done so, when we have more detail next week.

If eligible, you will be invited either by your GP or by the National Booking System (NBS) to come forward for a vaccination. It is however a large, phased process and may take several weeks, so please be patient.

More information

You can find more information on the Amaze website in our ‘Coronavirus Vaccinations’ section.

More national information about vaccinations is available on the nhs.uk website.

For local information about vaccinations (but NOT bookings) contact Sussex Health and Care Partnership: email sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net or call their vaccine enquiry phone line on 0800 433 4545 (open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).

Please note they cannot book an appointment for you.

Update

Parent carers receiving Carer’s Allowance can now book a Covid-19 vaccination using the NHS online booking system. You can also phone 119 to arrange an appointment.
The system is quicker if you know your NHS number. You can find this at the top of any prescription, or look it up online: find my NHS number
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