Covid-19 and Carers Latest Covid-19 information for carers As the mass vaccination programme continues in Stockport, find out how you will be prioritised as a carer, and how vaccinations are being rolled out across the borough. Vaccination rollout in Stockport The COVID vaccine is being rolled out in Stockport. Rollout is working to the national priority groups order, vaccinating the most vulnerable first. This priority list of 9 groups covers around 25 million people, and is believed to represent at least 90% (possibly 99%) of those most at risk of dying from COVID. Residents in care homes for older adults 80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers 75-year-olds and over 70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals 65-year-olds and over 16- to 64-year-olds with serious underlying health conditions AND CARERS 60-year-olds and over 55-year-olds and over 50-year-olds and over What does this mean for carers? We suggest that all carers make sure they are registered as a carer on their GP Practice’s register. In Stockport it has been agreed that to make sure you are recorded as a carer with your GP practice, you need to be registered with us at Signpost Stockport for Carers. You can register with us online here or call us on 0161 442 0442 and register over the phone. We recommend you also register for a Connecting Carers Card, a form of photo ID, proving that you are an unpaid carer registered with Signpost. You can register for a card here or we can send you a form in the post. (You will need to be registered with Signpost, before you can request a card). You can then inform your GP practice that you are an unpaid carer, registered with Signpost and that you have a form of ID to prove this. We are producing a secure report every week, listing all carers registered with Signpost, which is shared with GP practices. Booking a vaccine As well as booking a vaccine via the GP practice, carers can now book a vaccine directly via the NHS website here. To use this link you will need to be registered as a carer with your GP and/or in receipt of Carer's Allowance. Testing Unpaid carers can now access lateral flow Covid-19 testing at Fred Perry House. Find out about booking a test here. Make sure you take your Connecting Carers Card with you in case proof of being an unpaid carer is required. PPE The government has also updated its guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for people caring for a relative, or friend, who live in a different house. If you need any PPE this can be ordered from [email protected] or phone 0161 217 6996. Scams Unfortunately, there is some ‘scamming’ around vaccinations, with people receiving fake phone calls and text requests, including some where you’re asked to enter bank details. The vaccine is only available for free on the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime. If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Resources The local Covid-19 vaccine helpline email is [email protected] and telephone 0161 426 9910. This is for general enquiries only and if you call you will reach an answer machine and receive a call back. You are encouraged to leave your name and GP practice details. Carers UK have produced a vaccine FAQ for carers which can be found here. The latest FAQs and guidance for Stockport residence can be found here. AskDoc has produced four videos on vaccines in different languages as part of their ongoing Covid series. You can watch (and share) the videos here. As ever, at Signpost we are available to take calls on 0161 442 0442 so please give us a call if you need support.