The Government has taken steps to ensure carers, who look after a family member or friend, can use a specific letter to identify themselves to gain priority for the booster jabs for COVID-19, if there are long queues.
If you are going to be going for a booster and are concerned about having to queue please contact us on 0345 241 0954 or at [email protected] so you can access this letter*.
We are also able to provide help getting to a coronavirus vaccination appointment, including for boosters. See www.caringtogether.org/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-carers-to-attend-covid-19-vaccinations
You can also get a carers card to help you identify yourself as a carer in a range of situations. See https://www.caringtogether.org/support-for-carers/adult-carers/carers-card
*Since the plans for COVID-19 boosters have been speeded up, Carers UK became worried about unpaid carers who cannot leave the person they care for alone for very long, or cannot stand in queues with the person they care for because they may become upset, agitated or exhausted.
They raised this urgently with the Government in England and the vaccination leads about how to ensure that unpaid carers get quick access to the COVID-19 booster jab. The Government has listened and carers can now use a letter to prove that they are an unpaid carer to get priority access in queues.