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Priority access to COVID-19 Booster vaccinations for carers

The Government has now taken steps to ensure that unpaid carers can get priority access to COVID-19 booster vaccinations.

Simply take the letter from the Department of Health & Social Care, with any carer ID if you have it, to your vaccination centre, and you’ll get priority access if there are long queues. If you do not have any carer ID, don’t worry. The centre will still give you priority access.

Free transport to vaccination centres for those in need

If you want to get your COVID-19 booster, but don’t have access to transport, there is now a free transport service to help you.

Please book your vaccination appointment (or already have confirmed plans to visit a walk-in session), then call 01444 275008 to speak to a transport co-ordinator.

The transport booking service is available between 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

Volunteer to help others get their booster

We know there are many people out there keen to help others get their booster. If you’d like to help, you can let the NHS know via this email address and someone will get back to you to discuss things.

Free personal protective equipment (PPE) for people providing social care support who are not registered with the Care Quality Commission

In line with the Government’s PPE Strategy: stabilise and build resilience, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) can now provide free PPE to meet Covid-19 needs for non-registered Care Quality Commission (CQC) health and social care providers or individuals who have a need for PPE. This could include informal carers.

This arrangement is in place until the end of March 2022.

Find out more and order your PPE here.

Winter Vaccines Explained

Watch this video which explains why it is more important than ever for you to get your winter vaccines (flu and COVID-19 booster) as soon as possible this autumn as both viruses have the potential to cause serious illness and hospitalisation.

Those eligible, including carers, for the free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab are being urged to book an appointment for both vaccines as soon as possible in a new campaign aiming to help people give themselves and their loved ones essential protection this winter.

This comes as new research suggests that adults in England are severely underestimating the combined threat of COVID-19 and flu this winter.

Watch video here

Flu vaccination

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. Information about the Flu vaccination can be found here.

Key points regarding vaccinations as a family and friend carer:

  • Adults aged 50+ will automatically be invited for the COVID-19 Booster.
  • Those that have received the vaccination already will automatically be invited for the Booster, but not until 6 months after the second COVID-19 jab.
  • You will receive a text / letter from the NHS Call and Recall service or, if your GP knows you are an unpaid carer you will be contacted by the GP for your Booster.
  • You are encouraged to get the Flu vaccination as soon as it is offered to you and not to wait to have the Flu and Covid jabs together.
  • You are encouraged to ask if you and your cared for can receive the Booster at the same time if both are eligible.
  • You are encouraged to tell your GP of your carer status and ask for this to be flagged on your records.

Booster COVID-19 Vaccination update from the Sussex Health and Care Partnership, NHS

The Government has approved plans for COVID-19 boosters for eligible groups.

Over the coming weeks, the NHS will begin offering booster jabs to those in eligible groups as the vaccination programme moves to the next stage.

Who will be eligible for the booster vaccination?

The same priority groups will be offered the boosters in phases.

This means:

  • Care home residents
  • Health and social care workers
  • People aged over 50
  • Those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
  • Adult carers
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be offered a booster.

Vaccines will be delivered through existing vaccination sites including pharmacies, hospital hubs, GP practices and vaccine centres.

Local NHS areas will be prioritising care home residents and staff ensuring they are offered a vaccine by the beginning of November.

You do not need to contact the NHS to arrange your booster vaccine, the NHS will be in touch when you become eligible for the jab. There are approximately 4.5 million people in the priority groups eligible for a booster over the coming weeks.

You will get a call or text from your local GP led site to get the jab or will be invited by the National Booking Service.

Booster jabs are effective for topping up protection for those who have had both jabs from at the very least six months on after the second dose.

Read more about plans for the booster programme here.

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