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Unpaid Carers to self-register for COVID-19 vaccination

Type: News Item Date Published: 16th March 2021

Those providing regular face-to-face support can register online or by telephone to book their vaccination slot.

The ALLIANCE and its Carer Voices programme welcomes the announcement that people who provide vital face-to-face care and support are now being invited to self-register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are an estimated 700,000 people in Scotland who care for a friend, family member or neighbour affected by a disability, physical or mental ill health, frailty or substance misuse. The type of care they provide could be anything from the practicalities of domestic tasks such as regularly helping with the shopping, picking up prescriptions or preparing meals, to personal care such as helping them to wash and dress. It could also be emotional support to someone such as a partner, friend or family member with a long-term health condition.

From Monday 15 March, those who provide regular face-to-face care can register as an unpaid carer in order to be prioritised for their vaccination.

You are eligible for vaccination at this stage and should register if all of the following statements apply to you:

  • You are 16 to 64 years old;
  • You provide face-to-face care and support to one or more family members, friends or neighbours;
  • The care you provide is not part of a contract or voluntary work;
  • If caring for someone under 18, they are affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, developmental condition or substance misuse; and
  • You have not already received your first COVID-19 vaccination or vaccination appointment letter.

To access the self-registration website, visit nhsinform.scot/carersregister (this link will take you away from our website)

For those who cannot do this online, please call the Covid Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013, from 15 March.

If you have already received your vaccination or a letter of appointment, there is no further action to take, and no need to register. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, visit nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine(this link will take you away from our website).

Irene Oldfather, the ALLIANCE’s Director of Strategy and Engagement says of the update:

‘It is great to see unpaid carers now within the vaccination programme. Many people who care for others don’t see themselves as carers, so please take a moment to reflect and think if this applies to you. If so, then please register. We owe our carers a debt. Giving something back and taking care of them as a society is a moral imperative.’

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