LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. A nurse at Aintree University Hospital in a wheelchair takes part in ‘Clap For Carers’ after losing two staff members to coronavirus. 9 April 2020. Picture: Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council.
The local NHS and Liverpool City Council are appealing to unpaid carers whose role currently isn’t recorded, to make themselves known so that they can have the Covid-19 vaccine.
Anyone in Liverpool already identified as a carer in their GP records, those who receive Carer’s Allowance, or those known to Liverpool City Council or Liverpool Carers Centre, will be automatically invited for a vaccination over the coming weeks and don’t need to take any further action.
However, some people could be at risk of missing out, because their carer status is unknown to services.
Those currently eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine as a carer include anyone who is eligible for Carer’s Allowance, or who acts as the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, including:
- Children with severe neuro-disabilities (your GP will have already been in contact to invite your child for vaccination if they are included)
- Those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (advised to shield)
- Adults who have underlying health conditions
- Those who need care because of advanced age,
Anyone who thinks they might be eligible to receive a vaccine as a carer, but who doesn’t receive Carer’s Allowance or have their carer status recorded with any of the organisations mentioned above, should contact the Liverpool Carers Centre now. This includes young carers aged 16–18, as well as adult carers.
They can do this either by calling: 07545 652 775, or by emailing: email@example.com. Alternatively, they can also complete an e-referral form by visiting: www.localsolutions.org.uk/carers-vaccine
Liverpool Carers Centre is a Liverpool City Council-commissioned service, available to support with any enquiries from members of the public about their eligibility as a carer.
They will use a standard set of questions to advise people on whether they meet the government’s specific requirements to be identified as a carer, and therefore to receive the vaccine.
Following this assessment, if a person is identified as an unpaid carer they will be provided with national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service details to arrange a vaccination.