NHS Scotland are following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice and are vaccinating those most at risk based on age and clinical condition.
Unpaid carers aged 16 to 64 are in priority group 6. Unpaid carers are defined as people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or people who provide face-to-face care (without payment) for someone else due to a disability, ill-health, frailty or additional issues.
You can read advice on unpaid carer vaccinations (external website) on the NHS Inform website.
Unpaid carers who are not registered with a GP can register for a vaccine by phoning the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013. Select option 3, 'register as an unpaid carer'.
Encouraging unpaid carers to get vaccinated
Dr Nicola Steedman has recorded a video message to encourage unpaid carers to get vaccinated. This video reinforces the message that anyone caring for someone is considered a carer and can be used to communicate to unpaid carers who may be unsure about their eligibility
Dr Punam Krishnan, along with the Scottish Government, has recorded a video message to encourage unpaid carers in minority ethnic communities to get vaccinated. This video is available in: