COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for Carers in Sussex
Updated: 27th September 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations rollout for eligible unpaid carers
Autumn rollout of booster vaccinations
The Government has announced that a Covid-19 booster vaccine will be offered this autumn and will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised. Find out more information about the Autumn rollout here.
Every carer aged 16+ is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination
Every unpaid career over 16 years in Sussex can now receive their vaccine. Click here for details on mobile vaccination units and how to book your appointment. Young carers aged 16-17 are welcome at the mobile sites and racecourse sites, which now are almost always delivering Pfizer vaccines.
Am I eligible for a vaccination as an unpaid carer?
Yes. Unpaid carers include anyone who is eligible for a Carer’s Allowance, or anyone who is the main carer for someone whose welfare may be at risk if their carer fell ill.
Does that include parent carers?
Yes. Across Sussex the NHS is including as many eligible parent carers as possible. In Sussex parent carers are eligible if they are caring for a child or young person up to 25, with a special educational need or disability that has a big effect on them every day.
As a guide, this usually means your child has, or is eligible for, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Education Health and Care (EHC) plan, a Compass or iGO Card, or is accessing services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Does that include young carers (16 or 17-year olds)?
Yes. Sussex CCG are currently working with carers’ organisations and Local Authorities to identify a specific route to invite young carers to specific vaccination centres that are administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
How can I get vaccinated?
Currently, there are two ways that you can access a vaccination:
- Register with your local carers’ organisation (see below), and we will help you access the local vaccination services via your GP-led local vaccination service, or
- Book online via the National Booking Service at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 (however we have found the website service to be intermittent).
Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your support?
Many people supporting in this way will not previously have registered as an unpaid carer. If you are not already registered with a carers’ organisation, you may wish to do so.
Registering with a local carers organisation means you can get information and support when you need it most. You can also be kept up to date with how to access a Covid-19 vaccination as an unpaid carer.
Local Carer Organisations in Sussex
- In East Sussex: Care for the Carers. www.cftc.org.uk, 01323 738 390, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In West Sussex: Carers Support West Sussex. www.carerssupport.org.uk, 0300 028 8888
- In Brighton & Hove: The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove. www.thecarerscentre.org, 01273 977000
- Parent Carers across Sussex: Amaze. www.amazesussex.org.uk, 01273 772289
Information on using the NHS smartphone app as a COVID-19 Vaccine Passport can be found by downloading this information.
We will share new information about the vaccination process in East Sussex via our social media channels, this website and with subscribers to our e-newsletter. You can sign up for our e-newsletter here.
If you are a young carer in East Sussex, aged 5-18 years, who is looking after someone, or you know someone who is a young carer, there is help and support during the pandemic. Please contact Imago East Sussex Young Carers here.
Information related to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on our regularly updated page here.
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