Update 13/04/21: We have now vaccinated the majority of unpaid carers in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. However, if you think you fall into this category and have not yet been called for your first dose, please email email@example.com
To get the vaccination as an unpaid carer in Wales you must meet the national guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and all three factors under Welsh Government guidance.
Revised national guidance from the JCVI (sometimes called the Green Book definition) 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:
The nature of the care provided to children under 16 with complex medical needs/ severe neuro-disabilities:
To be prioritised for vaccination, an unpaid carer should satisfy all three factors.