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Carers to receive COVID-19 vaccine

by Guy Murphy

Are you a carer living in Knowsley or a carer registered with a Knowsley GP?

As a carer, you play an invaluable role in our communities so it’s important that you are vaccinated as quickly as possible, to not only protect yourself, but also the people you care for.

If you have informed your GP that you are a carer or if you are in receipt of a Carers Allowance, then you will be contacted shortly to arrange an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Carers registered as a carer with their GP

If you are registered as a carer with your GP, they will contact you to arrange an appointment at one of the vaccination sites in Huyton or Kirkby. You don’t need to do anything as you will be contacted directly.

Carers in receipt of a Carers Allowance

If you’re in receipt of a Carers Allowance, the Department for Work and Pensions will write to you with instructions on how to book an appointment through the national booking system. However, you don’t have to wait to be contacted, you can call 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine to make an appointment.

Other carers

If you are a carer in Knowsley, but do not fall into one of the above two categories, it’s important that you make it known that you are a carer so that an appointment can be made for you to be vaccinated.

You can do this by ringing Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group on 0151 244 4121.

You will be asked about your caring role, who you care for and information about their health conditions. An appointment will then be made for you to be vaccinated. You will also be asked if you wish your GP and the Carers Centre to know you are a carer.

Vaccination Key Facts

The COVID-19 vaccine is a huge step forward in our fight against coronavirus, potentially saving tens of thousands of lives.

The COVID-19 vaccine has been through three phases of clinical trials to ensure it meets the highest standard of safety and effectiveness.

Just like any other vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine works by teaching your immune system how to defend itself against attack.

You can’t catch the virus from the COVID-19 vaccine.