People aged 18 and over
Everyone aged 18 and over can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is progressing well in Derbyshire, and qualifying unpaid carers under 65 are being asked to take up the vaccination.
Vaccines are an important part of the way out of this pandemic. By getting yourself vaccinated you can help protect yourself from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, so you will still be able to be there for the people you care for.
As unpaid Carers those of you who have been identified as a carer by either your GP, social care, a local carer service or the Department of Work and Pensions can book using the national booking system.
If you are a self-identified carer not know to any of the above mentioned services there has been pause due to a reduction in vaccine supplies which is expected to continue throughout April 2021 (if you are a self-identifying carer who has already had your first vaccination you can still use the system to book your second appointment if you haven't already been given an appointment). You can find out more about this on the Carers UK website.
If you are not registered as carer with your GP surgery it's not too late, you can contact your surgery and ask about their registration process. Derbyshire Carers Association and social care staff can also offer support. Carers UK have advice about how to do this on their website .
Once vaccine supplies are restored and carers can once again self-identify as a carer and book a vaccination we will update this page with information.
Carers who are eligible are those who:
· Receive support following a carers assessment by Derbyshire Carers Association or Derbyshire County Council (Adult Social Care and Health)
· Are in receipt of or entitled to Carers Allowance
What to do before being vaccinated:
If you wish to know more about the vaccination process the government has produced a whole range of leaflets that you can access online to put your mind at rest.
What do you need to take when going to get the vaccine?
You will need
· The confirmation of your appointment
· Some sort of photo ID to prove your identity
· Your NHS number if you have it
If there is more than one unpaid carer providing care to the same person, can we each get the vaccine?
In some cases where caring responsibilities are shared, an additional person can be classed as a primary carer and receive a vaccination. Every possible effort will be made to vaccinate eligible carers at the same time as the people they care for, such as when they accompany them for a vaccination.
What do you mean by unpaid carer? Who is included in the definition?
Priority group 6 of the Covid-19 vaccine deployment programme (often referred to as the JCVI) covers all adult unpaid carers. This means that anyone aged 16 and over who provides, or intends to provide, care to someone else will be eligible to receive the vaccination.
If you're an unpaid carer and you aren't sure if you are eligible please contact us on tel: 01773 833833 or email: email@example.com and we will advise if you're eligible to receive the vaccine.
Am I included even though I don't get Carers Allowance?
Yes, you do not need to be in receipt of Carers Allowance to be eligible and recognised as an unpaid carer
Am I included as a parent carer?
Yes, parent carers are included in priority group 6 of the Covid-19 vaccine deployment programme if providing care to a child with a severe neuro-disability.
What about young carers who are 16 or 17, can they get the vaccine?
Yes, unpaid carers who are aged over 16 on 31 March 2021 will be offered the vaccine.
Yes, you don't have to be registered as a carer with your GP to be included. But you may wish to tell them about your caring role the next time you speak with them to ensure they are aware, but please do not make an appointment especially for this.
You can find information on registering with your GP on our website. There's a form that can be filled in and printed or emailed to your GP practice. Your GP practice can also assist you to complete this if required.
Should I register with Derbyshire Carers Association even if I have booked my vaccination?
Yes, we encourage all carers to get in touch to find out what support is available. Although you do not need to do this to receive the vaccination, being registered as a carer will ensure you receive information and further details about support for carers and the vaccine roll out. You can register on our website using our online registration form, tel: 01773 833833 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can carers go for further information?
For further information about the vaccine please visit Joined Up Care Derbyshire's website or the NHS website.
You'll also find local information about Covid-19 restrictions, support services and vaccinations on the Derbyshire County Council website
page last updated 7 May 2021
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