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Vaccine Info for Carers

This page was last updated on 11 March at 17:15hrs.

Caring can understandably take many different forms. For the purposes of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, any carer who is:

  • eligible for a carer’s allowance, or
  • the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable, are considered as carers
  • is eligible for the vaccine and is being invited to register as we focus on priority cohort 6.

Those clinically vulnerable to COVID include children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (CEV), adults who have underlying health conditions and those who need care because of advanced age.

Some carers in the Bailiwick receive a carers allowance from the Committee for Employment & Social Security. If you receive a carers allowance you will automatically receive a letter from the Vaccination Contact Centre inviting you to make an appointment to receive your vaccine. Please note these letters are being sent out in batches, so please be patient if you don’t receive a letter immediately.

Many unpaid carers may have received an earlier vaccination depending on their age. Any individual with caring responsibilities but who does not fulfil the specific criteria being used as part of the vaccination programme will be vaccinated in line with their underlying cohort. This means that individuals aged 50 years and over will be offered the vaccine in priority cohorts 7-9 with younger carers in Stage 2 of the vaccination programme. The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Team are working closely with a number of different organisations and health groups to identify and provide vaccine offers to those who meet the criteria.

Please note that young carers under 16 will not be offered the vaccination and no children under 16 are being vaccinated, unless in exceptional circumstances due to severe-neuro disabilities.

More detailed information about unpaid carers can be found in the document at the bottom of this page.

COVID-19 contacts

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