Whether you are in Norfolk, or Cambridgeshire and Peterborough details of how carers are able to get their COVID-19 vaccination are now available. Please also see below about how we are able to help carers to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
In line with national guidance, appointments for COVID-19 vaccination are now being offered to eligible carers identified within cohort 6 by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The JCVI defines carer eligibility as “Anyone who is the sole or primary carer of an older or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19”.
Carers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
If you are already registered as a carer on your GP Practice record, then you do not have to do anything. You will be contacted when it is your turn to book an appointment to have your vaccination.
If you are not yet registered as a carer on your GP Practice record, you need to either be in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance, and/or be the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.
If you meet these criteria, then please contact your GP to ask them to update your record. You will then be contacted when it is your turn to book an appointment to have your vaccination.
Please note: you will need to be aged 16 or over for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, or 18 or over for the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine, to receive a vaccination.
If you require any further information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme or have any queries, please email the vaccinations team on [email protected]
You can read more information on how the vaccine will work on different strains, how it is made and more at www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group have a dedicated communities and faith page with specific information on o vaccine ingredients, where to get trusted information and explainer videos in other languages too. This is at www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-resources-for-communities-and-faith-groups/
(Information provided by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group)
Carers in Norfolk
Those registered as a carer with their GP practice or in receipt of regular carers allowance payments should automatically receive an invite and do not need to do the below.
The NHS, county councils and carer organisations are working together to identify carers who may not be registered or known to their GP practice or local council services.
Those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person but do not receive a carer allowance or related benefits are unlikely to be known to their local authority. And those who have not notified their GP of their caring responsibilities will not be flagged as a carer on their GP record.
Eligible carers of an elderly or disabled person can register themselves as a carer. The easiest way to do this is online at: apps.norfolk.gov.uk/carervax
A 24/7 telephone voicemail service is available for people to leave their contact details, but only for those unable to register online 01603 257 256.
For more information, please read the FAQs at www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme/17-coronavirus/226-covid-vaccination-letter.
(Information provided by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Waveney CCG)
Free help for carers to get to their vaccination appointments
We at Caring Together are providing free help to any carer who feels they will have challenges getting to their appointment, including with transport or due to leaving the person they look after, or with making the practical arrangements.
For more information:
- call 0345 241 0954
- email [email protected]
- or fill in the form at org/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-carers-to-attend-covid-19-vaccinations