Our information documents have details about the priority groups and when to expect to be invited to get your jab as well as the delivery, safety and the importance of getting your vaccine.
The Care and Health Improvement Programme (CHIP) has worked with partners including ADASS to produce a factsheet to support Personal Assistants (PAs) to access Covid vaccinations as they are entitled to do as part of the front line social care workforce.
Informal carers and the vaccine
Are you an informal carer aged 16 to 64? You may be eligible to get the vaccine.
Informal carers are defined by the Government as those adults 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 and clinically vulnerable.
The vaccination is available to carers of those clinically vulnerable to Covid 19, including children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), adults with underlying health conditions, and those who need care because of advanced age.
Other groups at higher risk, including those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, should also be offered vaccination alongside these groups.
The Government is currently finalising its guidance for informal carers at this time, but subject to change, it seems like that the NHS will contact you directly if you are currently in receipt of Carers Allowance benefit or are registered with your GP as a carer.
So there is no need to register with us, however if you are not sure of either of the above, you can complete our enquiry form and we'll get back to you.
If you are a carer age 65 or over, you don’t need to contact us. You are now able to access a vaccination in your own right via the NHS website or if you are 70 years of age or over, you can still contact your GP.
If your organisation provides services for the following groups, you may have employees or regular volunteers eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccination.
The definition of 'frontline social care workers' includes people who are regularly in contact with people who clinically vulnerable - specifically, the following groups.
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults (including nurses, support worker, cook, kitchen assistant, cleaner/domestic, maintenance etc.)
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline Health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
- All those 65 years of age and over
- Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (those with particular and defined diseases/conditions)
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
The definition would include roles such as support workers, contractors and anyone who as a regular part of their role has direct contact with vulnerable groups.
If you think there may be people in your organisation who works in a role that meets the definition of a social care worker, please complete our enquiry form.
We will come back to you with what to do next.
Some administrative roles may be eligible in smaller organisations where people working in finance, HR and administration may have regular interaction with vulnerable people, perhaps in a care home or day centre, or they may manage a team of frontline workers and have regular face to face contact with them.
To ensure that everyone who has regular contact with vulnerable residents is offered a vaccination, please consider the work people in your organisation do carefully and include a brief description of their role.
You can find information on which roles are included in the Standard Operating Procedure for community-based care workers on page(s) 5-6.
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