Are you vaccine ready?
24th February 2021
After extensive trials, the first safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved and are now being delivered nationwide through hospital hubs and GP surgeries to those who are the most vulnerable.
Catching COVID-19 can be serious and may lead to long-term complications and the NHS vaccination programme aims to help keep both you and the people you look after safe.
Unpaid and family carers aged 16+ are on one of the priority lists for an early COVID-19 vaccination.
You will be automatically invited for the vaccine if you are registered as a carer at your GP surgery or receive a carers benefit. The Carers in Southampton service will notify the NHS that you are a carer if you complete this form here: www.carersinsouthampton.co.uk/covid19vaccine or you can call this free phone number 0800 776 5217 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9-5pm) but please be aware that the phone lines are extremely busy. You do not need to do this if you are already confident that your GP knows you are a carer.
You will be contacted directly by the NHS when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
Priority is based on clinical risk so carers who provide personal care to a clinically vulnerable person will likely receive their vaccinations before carers living at a distance or caring for someone who is not vulnerable.
It is also possible for people in receipt of a carers allowance to go online and book their vaccination at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/, or call 119.
Please Note: Any carers phoning Carers in Southampton for support or to register for other services please use the normal phone number 023 8058 2387.
For more information about the vaccination including answers to your questions, visit www.southamptoncityccg.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccineupdate
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