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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers

Published: 17 Aug 2020
Last updated: 13 Oct 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers

Unpaid carers and vaccinations

Information about the Coronavirus vaccine can be found at NHS Inform.

Unpaid carers aged 16 and over providing face-to-face care will soon be able to register online for a coronavirus booster and flu vaccination. By getting vaccinated, those caring for others can protect themselves from coronavirus and flu, while continuing to look after and protect others. Further information about the flu vaccine can be found at NHS Inform.

We are using the definition of a carer as set out in the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 however for the purposes of vaccinations this does not cover those who provide only remote care, for example emotional support by phone or video-call.

First published: 17 Aug 2020 Last updated: 13 Oct 2021 -