Covid Vaccine for unpaid carers

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that the first priorities for any COVID-19 vaccination programme should be “the prevention of COVID-19 mortality and the protection of health and social care staff and systems”.

- Unpaid carers under the age of 65 will be prioritised in Group 6 for the COVID-19 vaccine. Carers aged 65 and above will be able to access the vaccine earlier under the initial groupings.

- This prioritisation recognises the important role carers play in supporting those they care for and the health and social care system.

- JCVI will continue to monitor vaccine data and approvals and update their advice where necessary.

- Timescales for carers and others to receive the vaccine will become clearer as we know more about vaccine approvals and when supplies will be delivered.

It should be noted that in order to avail of this, you will need to make sure your GP practice is aware that you are caring for someone. 

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Read in full Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination