As of today (Monday 15th February), unpaid carers in England are included in the next phase of the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine and will begin to be called forward for their first jab.

NHS England has written to GP practices and Primary Care Networks asking them to start focusing on the vaccination of priority group 5 and 6 including unpaid carers.  

Eligible carers will be contacted via the National Booking System to receive an invitation to book their vaccination. The GP guidance also states that local areas can flex these arrangements to administer the vaccine to carers directly.

Carers UK looks forward to seeing the publication of NHS England’s Standing Operating Procedure, due to be published next week, which will detail exactly how eligible carers will be identified and contacted for their jabs.

You can see Carers UK’s press release in full here.

If you aren’t already registered with your GP as an unpaid carer, we try and work with you and your surgery to try to put this in place for you.  Contact us on 01642 488977 or via our contact form.