Vaccination for unpaid carers: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. The amount of people who became eligible for covid vaccine and subsequent boosters because of their status as unpaid carers.

2. To this date, the amount of people, who under that title of unpaid carers, have been vaccinated.


1. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have all the information you have requested regards the amount of people who became eligible for covid vaccine and boosters because of their status as unpaid carers.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

We do not have all the information you have asked for because the Scottish Government is not responsible for the subject. In this case, Public Health Scotland (PHS) may have the information you have requested.

Details of how to contact PHS can be found as follows - send an FOI request here, or alternatively, you can write to them at:
Corporate FOI team
Public Health Scotland
Gyle Square
South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh, EH12 9EB

or email

Please include your name, address or email address and full details of the information you want to receive, including any date ranges.

Whilst we are unable to provide data specifically for unpaid carers, you may wish to view the data publicly available which shows the figures for those vaccinated with a “carer” status. This includes paid and unpaid carers. For convenience, I have included below a breakdown from the above linked source, dated 31 January 2022 of the total vaccinations for those registered as a carer.

As published on the PHS Dashboard, unpaid carers are classed as those who have received Carer's Allowance, Child Winter Heating Allowance or the Young Carers Grant during 2020/21, or all those who have self-registered as carers.

2. Total Doses Received
Dose 1 - 323,418
Dose 2 – 315,040
Dose 3 – 262,199

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