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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers

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

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers
Vaccinations

Unpaid carers and COVID-19 vaccines

Information about who is currently being offered the Coronavirus vaccine can be found at NHS Inform.

Only young carers aged 16 and 17 can register as unpaid carers for prioritised vaccination. This is because everyone over 30 who has not already been invited is now being scheduled for vaccination; and a self-registration service for everyone aged 18-29 has opened.

The Scottish Government is using the definition for a young 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. 

If you are aged 16 or 17 and provide vital face-to-face care and support for others and haven’t already been given an appointment, you are encouraged to register for the coronavirus vaccine through the national Covid-19 Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am - 8pm all week).

For further information, see the NHS Inform coronavirus vaccine web-page. If you have any enquiries about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can contact the Coronavirus Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am - 8pm all week).


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