We have taken several calls from carers concerned about their priority for a Covid-19 vaccination and having to prove they are a carer. We have raised this issue on their behalf with Public Health Stockport and will keep you posted with the response.

Carers UK have been strongly calling for unpaid carers to be prioritised and just recently (from 30 December), the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) has included unpaid carers on the vaccination priority list (UK wide). You can find more information about this here, under 'Persons with underlying health conditions'. You may also be interested in reading Carers UK's latest press release about this subject.

We suggest that all carers make sure they are registered as a carer on their GP Practice’s register. Given the current circumstances, your GP surgery is likely to be very busy, so it may be necessary to be very patient if contacting them directly to register if it is not possible to do so online. 

As well as being useful for contingency planning, don’t forget that your Connecting Carers Card is a form of photo ID, proving that you are an unpaid carer registered with Signpost. Contact [email protected] for more information or register for a card here. (You will need to be registered as a carer with Signpost before requesting a card).

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. If residents have acute symptoms, you would need to contact your GP or emergency services in the normal way.

Carers UK have produced a vaccine FAQ for carers which can be found 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.