Unpaid carers to receive their vaccinations

Unpaid carers to receive their vaccinations

Telford & Wrekin Council and Telford Carers Centre are continuing to work hard to support the NHS, to ensure all unpaid carers of clinically vulnerable people receive a Covid-19 vaccination.

Unpaid carers to receive their vaccinations

As from 23 February, unpaid carers aged 18-64 in receipt of carer’s allowance can book a vaccination appointment via the national booking system without receiving a letter.

They can book online at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

Unpaid carers aged 18 to 64 who do not receive a carer’s allowance and are not registered with Telford Carers Centre, are advised to register with the centre in order to be supported to book their Covid-19 vaccination.

They can do so by contacting Telford Carers Centre on 01952 240 209, Monday-Friday, 9am – 3pm or by emailing [email protected]

Unpaid carers aged 16 or 17 are not eligible to book a Covid-19 vaccination via the national booking system.

If these young carers are not registered with Telford Carers Centre, they are advised to register using the above-contact details. Following their registration, they will then be supported to book their vaccination.

Unpaid carers aged 65 and over can already book their Covid-19 vaccination on the national system, providing they have already received a letter inviting them to do so. Invitations to all over 65s to book appointments have been issued since mid-February.

Carers are defined as those caring for an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of Covid-19 mortality and are therefore clinically vulnerable.

Those clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 include.

•Children with severe neuro-disabilities;

•Those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (CEV);

•Adults who have underlying health conditions (as defined here)

Locally, carers aged 16 plus of individuals aged 16 plus, who have a moderate, severe or profound learning disability who are on the Learning Disability register, are also eligible.

•Those who need care because of advanced age.

Some carers will be invited by their own GP, if registered, and may choose to receive their vaccination via this route.

Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Following our extensive work in supporting NHS with the vaccination rollout in our borough, we welcome the news that unpaid carers have now been offered priority at vaccination.

“We encourage them to take-up the vaccination appointment when they are invited to it, it’s their best defence against the virus and the best way they can protect the ones they care for.”

Originally published by Telford Newsroom