The Department of Social Care has released its operating procedure for ensuring that unpaid Carers are identified and prioritised to receive the COVID vaccine. Carers will be identified using information from a number of sources:

  • those in receipt or entitled to carers allowance
  • those known to GPs who have a ‘carer’s flag’ on their primary care record
  • those known to Local Authorities who are in receipt of support following a carer’s assessment
  • those known to local carers organisations to be actively receiving care and support.

Carers who are registered as a carer with their GP will be contacted by phone, letter or text by their local Primary Care (GP) Network and invited to book a vaccination at a local Primary Care vaccination centre. Carers identified through the other sources will be contacted by the National Booking Service (NHS Digital) via letter and be asked to arrange an appointment at a vaccination centre or community pharmacy.

If you would like support in registering  as an unpaid carer with your GP/Primary Care Network in the Middlesbrough or Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority areas, please call our team on 01642 488977.

Click the link below to access the COVID-19 vaccine standard operating  procedure for unpaid carers:



The 2021 Census takes place on March 21st and includes a question about people’s caring roles.  The question is included as a way of providing local authorities with a better understanding of Carer needs in the local area and can help decide what funding the government gives to local authorities through the carer’s grant.

If you look after, or provide unpaid help or support to anyone because they have a long-term physical or mental health condition or illness, or problems related to old age, you are an unpaid Carer.  You do not have to be in receipt of Carer’s Allowance to be included in this category.  By sharing details of your unpaid caring role on the census, you will help to build a national and regional picture of how social care services would be affected without the support you provide.

For more information on the question and its purpose please visit

Despite repeated requests from Carers and caring organisations across the UK, we were very disappointed to see that additional support for unpaid Carers was not included in yesterday’s budget statement.  The requested supplement to the Carer’s Allowance and additional funding for health and social care services were noticeably absent and will mean continuing financial hardship for unpaid Carers. We will continue to support Carers UK in their #fairerforcarers campaign, pushing for these much needed changes.  Click here to read more from Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK.