The government have now opened the COVID-19 vaccination programme to those in group 6, which includes adult unpaid carers.

For purposes of the vaccination programme adult carers are defined as those 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 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.

The carers who are eligible include those who provide support for:

  • Children with severe neuro-disabilities
  • Those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)
  • Adults who have underlying health conditions as defined in table 3 of the green book
  • Those who have care needs because of advanced age.

If you’re known as a carer by your GP, in receipt or eligible for carers allowance, or known by your Local Authority - usually as a result of having contact with a social worker and/or having a carers assessment - you will be contacted by the NHS directly. This will either be through the National Booking Service (NBS) or your local GP-led service.

Carers who are eligible for the vaccination, but whose caring status is currently unknown to the Local Authority or their GP, will still be able to access the vaccination. However, the full details on how this will be made available are still to be agreed.

If you have specific questions about vaccinations please visit the national vaccination service via the NHS.

In Sussex, for more specific information relating to vaccinations, you can visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme website, email [email protected], or call the vaccine enquiry phone line on: 0800 433 4545 (open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday).