Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are our best defence against the virus. People who are most at risk of complications from COVID-19 are being offered the vaccine first. The vaccination programme is being managed by the NHS - you do not need to take any action. The NHS will contact you and let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.
In the meantime, it is vitally important that we all continue to follow the national public health guidance: wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain safe social distancing. COVID-19 is still very much among us and highly infectious: the risk of catching it is the same as ever for people who have not been vaccinated.
There is more information about the COVID 19 vaccine on both the Government and the NHS websites, so please take time to read through these pages if you want to find out more. You can also read the COVID vaccination guide for adults leaflet.
You don’t need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
If you are a Carer in receipt of DWP Carer’s Allowance or known to your GP practice you can find out further details about the rollout of vaccines for carers (25 February 2021). If you believe you should be registered as a Carer with your GP Practice but have not yet been contacted we recommend you contact the GP Practice to check you are registered. A phased approach is being taken to inviting Carers for vaccination appointments and there will also be a separate process for Carers who have not been contacted to apply for access to a vaccination. More information on this is expected to be available shortly.
In the meantime, if you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance please book your COVID-19 vaccine online or call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm - seven days a week, to book a vaccination appointment if you haven’t already done so.
If you have received a letter from the NHS inviting you to book an appointment at a Large Vaccination Centre such as Millennium Point in Birmingham for a coronavirus vaccine please note that you do not have to take up this option, it is one of the ways you can get a vaccination that is being offered by the NHS. Questions and answers about the letter.