Last updated 10 May 2021
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that unpaid carers (subject to certain eligibility criteria) are in Priority Group 6.
On 24 February, Welsh Government published guidance on COVID-19 vaccination of unpaid carers which identifies the following eligibility criteria:
Revised national guidance from the JCVI describes unpaid carers as:
Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.
Those clinically vulnerable to COVID include children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (CEV), adults who have underlying health conditions and those who need care because of advanced age. Eligible carers should be vaccinated in priority group 6
The aim of this Welsh Government guidance is to provide clarity and consistency and ensure we vaccinate those unpaid carers that will have the greatest impact on preventing deaths. Due to the large numbers of unpaid carers across Wales (estimates vary but are often in excess of 400,000) and the importance of vaccinating those at the highest risk, we cannot vaccinate everyone who provides care for a friend or family member. This is not to devalue the significant caring role undertaken by so many, rather it is to maintain the clear focus of the vaccination programme on preventing deaths and protecting our vital health and social care systems
Many unpaid carers will receive an earlier vaccination depending on their age. Unpaid carers aged 50 years and over, who are not prioritised for vaccination as an unpaid carer, will nevertheless be offered the vaccine in priority groupings 7-9. Our aim is to offer vaccination to all those in these priority groups by the middle of April 2021.
In deciding which unpaid carers should be prioritised for vaccination, there are three important factors to consider:
The vulnerability of the person being cared for:
To be prioritised for vaccination, an unpaid carer should satisfy all three factors.
Young carers under 16 will not be offered the vaccination. No children under 16 are being vaccinated, unless in exceptional circumstances due to severe-neuro disabilities.
Eligibility for prioritisation is not dependant on receipt of carer’s allowance, membership of a carers’ organisation or being known to social services.
Please wait to be contacted to be invited for your vaccination. Vaccination is available by appointment only.
More information about COVID-19 vaccination in Powys is available from our COVID-19 vaccination page.