UNPAID carers who are not registered with their GP as carers are being encouraged to register so that they can receive their covid-19 vaccine as part of priority group 6.
Welsh Labour’s Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, has published guidance to outline who is eligible for a vaccine as part of priority group 6. Within the guidance eligible unpaid carers are those who are the sole or primary carer of someone who is at increased risk were they to catch coronavirus.
Those clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 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.
Hywel Dda health board’s online form to register is available here – https://hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/services-and-teams/carers-information/covid-vaccine-for-unpaid-carers/covid-vaccine-for-unpaid-carers/
Once the form is submitted, the health board will arrange for the information to be uploaded to the Welsh Immunisation System (WIS) and a vaccine appointment will be issued.
Lee Waters MS said:
“I want to thank unpaid carers for everything they are doing. I know that many unpaid carers have put their lives on hold to care for vulnerable people during the pandemic. Caring can feel lonely at the best of times, and this prolonged period of isolation has been really hard for all involved.”
“The guidance issued by the Welsh Government should provide clarity and relief to those who are in priority group 6 and I’m urging unpaid carers in the Llanelli constituency who are eligible and not already registered with their GP to complete the online form.
“When you are invited for a vaccination, I would urge you to accept in order to protect yourself, your loved ones and those you care for.”
Everyone within groups 5-9 will be invited for a vaccination by mid-April. Those already registered as an unpaid carer with their GP should receive an invite in the next couple of weeks and do not need to complete the online form