Last Updated 5:29pm, 13 May 2020
COVID-19 vaccine for carers and unpaid carers
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
It’s being given to:
- people aged 80 and over
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers at high risk
The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible. The JCVI guidance recommends that carers who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer contracted COVID should be included in Priority 6, alongside people with underlying conditions.
If you provide support to a family member
This is a particularly concerning and uncertain time for carers, especially those currently self-isolating or otherwise remaining indoors as required.
There is support available to you as a carer in Devon.
We are asking everyone right now to have a plan. Have answers to how you would cope if the relative you care for normally has a care worker visit them, and that care worker suddenly is unable to visit; have you got extra provisions and enough medication to cover any delays?
Devon Carers provides a range of support to carers – please give them a call – further details below. They are developing a ‘what if’ emergency planning guide to help carers work out the answers. It will be available on their website soon. You can also contact the Devon Carers helpline on 03456 434 435 to request a copy.
If you have a question about the care that you or your relative is receiving from a care agency, about your visits or the use of protective clothing perhaps, please ask your care agency. If that does not answer it sufficiently, contact Devon County Council Care Direct on 0345 155 1007.
Similarly, if you think that you or your relative has contracted the virus, we will do all we can to ensure that you and the person you care for will receive the care you need to stay safe and as well as possible. Please call Devon County Council Care Direct on 0345 155 1007.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) for carers
Guidance on PPE and how to access it can be found in our guide to personal protective equipment for carers.
Devon Carers is commissioned by Devon County Council to provide support to all carers in Devon. You do not need to be known to or registered with Devon Carers to visit their website or to contact them. They will want to help and support you.
- You are a carer if you are supporting an adult family member or friend who could not do without your help.
- If you are a carer, do consider registering with them as it will mean that you can access other services.
Devon Carers can be contacted via the Devon Carers website or by calling their helpline 03456 434 435.