Vaccinating carers

Register for a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine as a carer

People who provide vital face-to-face care and support for others, and who haven’t already been given an appointment, are now being invited to register for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

Who can use the registration service?

There are an estimated 700,000 people in Scotland who care for a friend, family member or neighbour affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, frailty or substance misuse. Many don’t see what they do as caring, it’s just what they do.

If you are aged 16 or over and provide face-to-face care for family or friends who need extra support, you’re now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Providing face-to-face care can be anything from doing the shopping and preparing meals to giving personal and practical support. If that sounds like you, it’s time to roll up your sleeve.

All eligible carers who haven’t already received their first coronavirus vaccine or a vaccine invitation letter should use the registration system.

By getting the vaccine, those caring for others can protect themselves from the virus, while continuing to look after and protect others.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to register for vaccination at this stage if all of the following apply:

  • you are aged 16 or over
  • 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, developmental condition or substance misuse
  • you have not already received your first coronavirus vaccination

You will need to have access to an email address or mobile phone to register.

You will also need to be registered with a GP or other NHS Scotland service. You can register with a GP practice if you haven't already.

If you are not eligible yet

Wait to be contacted if you are not eligible yet. NHS Scotland will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine.

Register for the coronavirus vaccine as a carer

If you try to register and receive a text message or email saying you already have an appointment, your appointment letter should be on its way to you. You can check your appointment details online using the link and username in the text message or email.

If there were no details in your text or email, you can call 0800 030 8013 to find out more about your appointment.

You can also check if you are eligible for the vaccine by phoning the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

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