In order to support and sustain caring relationships during the pandemic, the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended unpaid carers should be invited to receive their vaccination as part of priority group 6.
The Covid-19 vaccination reduces your chances of developing serious or life-threatening symptoms. NHS Scotland strongly advises that you take the vaccine when it is offered to you.
As an unpaid carer, how can I get an appointment for vaccination?
Carer Self Registration Service
From 8am on Monday 15 March 2021 a dedicated website will go live and will allow eligible carers to register and request an appointment for a vaccination. A phone line will also be available.
You are eligible to register if you are:
- Between 16 and 64 years of age (If you are older than 64 years of age you should already have been invited for your vaccination)
- You provide face to face care and support to one or more family members, friends or neighbours
- The care you provide is not part of a contract or voluntary work
- If caring for someone under 18, they are affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health or other care-related issue and;
- You have not already received your covid-19 vaccination or vaccination appointment letter
When you visit the website, you will be asked to confirm that you meet all of the above criteria. If you do not (for example, you provide emotional support by phone or video calls), then you will be asked to wait until NHS Scotland contacts you to let you know it’s your turn to have the vaccine.
The website can be found at: https://register.vacs.nhs.scot
If you do not have access to this on-line website then you can call the Covid Vaccination Centre helpline number on: 0800 030 8013
How long will it take to receive my appointment?
It is expected that those who use the on-line option to register will receive their appointment in approximately 3 days on confirmation of eligibility. This may take longer for those who use the phone line and may dependent on your local health board.
You will be asked to provide the following information about yourself to help NHS Scotland identify you:
- date of birth
- address and post code
- gender, as registered with your GP.
You will then be asked your contact preferences so that once NHS Scotland has identified you, they can confirm your next steps through email or text.
When notified of your appointment please do everything you can to attend. Within your invitation, you will also be given details of how you can reschedule your appointment if the time, date or venue isn’t suitable.
If you are not eligible at this time, you will be invited for your vaccination later on in the programme. Please wait to hear from NHS Scotland. If you have already received your vaccination or vaccine appointment invitation, there is no further action to take, and no need to register.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme please go to www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine