Unpaid carers and the COVID19 vaccine

On 30 December, the government clarified that unpaid carers are one of the priority groups for the Covid19 vaccine. This is set out under the “Persons with underlying health conditions” heading. 

The mechanisms as how carers will be identified for vaccinations has yet to be publicised; registering with us and in turn your GP surgery as a carer is how offers of flu vaccinations have been made in previous years however whether this will be the case for coronavirus is yet to be confirmed. GP surgeries are currently focussing on rolling it out to the over 80s and we expect information regarding carers to be publicised in due course. We can not guarantee that registering with us will result in being offered a vaccination as this is out of control however by being included on our email mailing list we will update you with information as it becomes available. We also have process that with your consent, we will contact your surgery and ask them to register carers with them on their systems; again we can only request this and can not make any guarantees. You can register with us online.

Carers Trust are now seeking to clarify that unpaid carers will be able to have the vaccination at the same time as the person they care for and we are also working with the NHS locally to ensure that carers have the most up to date information.  

  • If you or the person(s) you care for are registered with your surgery, Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group are currently advising people not to contact their surgeries and instead wait to be contacted.
  • Please note, the vaccination is not currently available for children, including young carers. If this changes we will update our guidance.
  • We have had some comments that surgeries aren't registering parent carers as carers. This isn't something we would support and will encourage surgeries to consider parents of a child with a disability as carers however we have no power to impose this. We will continue to work in partnership with surgeries to promote improving support and recognition of all carers.

Vaccination update 24th February 2021

Carers in receipt of Carers Allowance can now book their coronavirus vaccination by calling 119 or online  We are aware that this excludes many carers and are raising this locally whilst national charities do similarly. We will update as we know more however if you are aged 64 or over you can book anyway regardless of benefits.

We appreciate that this may be disappointing news for some, however we wanted to update those in receipt of Carers Allowance.

Further information on Carers Allowance can be found online  

Adult Carers are in priority group 6 for vaccination (unless you sit in a higher group due to your own age/health etc) so alongside Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group in the table below. The definition of an adult carer is "Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill."

Priority group Risk group
1 Residents in a care home for older adults
Staff working in care homes for older adults
2 All those 80 years of age and over
Frontline Health and social care workers
3 All those 75 years of age and over
4 All those 70 years of age and over
Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and
those under 16 years of age)
5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group PLUS UNPAID CARERS
7 All those 60 years of age and over
8 All those 55 years of age and over
9 All those 50 years of age and over

Source: The Green Book

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We would always recommend checking the official guidance

What do these regulations mean to me & my family?

Can I continue to provide care? Yes, throughout this pandemic one exception to restrictions has been to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable. You can also provide respite for another carer. 
Can I visit loved-ones in hospital or care homes?

Most hospital visits aren't allowed unless under special circumstances however some hospitals are helping facilitate Zoom calls.

Visits to care homes can take place (if permitted under care home guidance) with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak.

If needed to do so, you may be able to accompany the person you care for to a medical appointment and are able to transport them.

If you are planning to visit, or accompany someone to, a care home, hospice, hospital or other healthcare setting, you should check that this is permitted by the facility.

What about end of life care? Another exception is to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life regardless of whether you are providing care. If your loved one is in a care home or hospital, it would be advisable to first speak to staff to agree a plan as they also have to protect staff and other patients. Similarly if they are at home, it would be prudent to have a plan with professionals and family members to make this as safe as possible.
Can I attend a funeral Yes with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present
What is a support bubble?

A support bubble is a close support network between a household with only one adult or a household with one adult and one or more people who were under the age of 18 on 12 June 2020 in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size.

Once you’re in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in the same household so can mix regardless of tier alert level.

Once you make a support bubble, you cannot change who is in your bubble.

Are there other exemptions to covid restrictions There are several other caveats in the official guidance which aren't all listed here however they include to provide emergency assistance, childcare, education, to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm and to facilitate a house move.
Can I socialise inside? No - you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
Can I socialise outside? No however you (or your household/bubble) can meet one person daily outdoors for exercise
What will be open? Only essential shops will be open if covid secure (so mask wearing , social distancing etc). Pubs, cafes and indoor leisure facilities will be closed except for takeaways. Schools will be closed except for vulnerable children or children of key workers.
Is the NHS Test & Trace App still being used? Yes - The app will helps understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading. It will be used alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus, while protecting users' anonymity. 
When will I need to self-isolate?

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough; a high temperature; a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.

If you have any of these symptoms  you must stay at home and arrange a test to see if you have coronavirus.

If you live with others, anyone who develops symptoms in your household must stay at home for at least 10 days – and everyone else in the household who remains well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

How does Lockdown impact your services Unless unavoidable (for example regulated care) we will continue to deliver our services via telephone and online.

We are aware that these are especially difficult for Carers. The Government have produced the following official guides:

Carers Guidance  Young Carers (under 25) Guidance  A guide to being active at home  British Sign Language

Further advice is available from Carers Trust & Carers UK

Multilingual information on coronavirus is available via Doctors of the World