The UK Government today (Friday 17th December, 2021) has taken steps to ensure that unpaid carers can use a specific letter to identify themselves to gain priority for the booster jabs for COVID-19 along with paid care workers, if there are long queues.
How carers can use the letter:
Carers should request a copy of this letter from Signpost Stockport for Carers and either print this out and take this with them, or save it onto a device that they have with them.
What we’re asking you to do:
Signpost Stockport for Carers are contacting unpaid carers to ensure that they know they can request a copy of the letter, if they need to use it.
To request a copy of this letter please call the office during office hours on 0161 442 0442 or email email@example.com.
How this came about:
Since the plans for COVID-19 boosters have been speeded up, Carers UK became worried about unpaid carers who cannot leave the person they care for alone for very long, or cannot stand in queues with the person they care for because they may become upset, agitated or exhausted. We raised this urgently with the Government in England and the vaccination leads about how to ensure that unpaid carers get quick access to the COVID-19 booster jab. The Government has listened and carers can now use a letter to prove that they are an unpaid carer to get priority access in queues.