As of 15th February, unpaid carers in England are included in the next phase of the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine and will begin to be called forward for their first jab.
NHS England has written to GP practices and Primary Care Networks asking them to start focusing on the vaccination of priority group 5 and 6 including unpaid carers.
Eligible carers will be contacted via the National Booking System to receive an invitation to book their vaccination. The GP guidance also states that local areas can flex these arrangements to administer the vaccine to carers directly.
Carers UK looks forward to seeing the publication of NHS England’s Standing Operating Procedure, due to be published next week, which will detail exactly how eligible carers will be identified and contacted for their jabs.
Click on the link for FAQs regarding the Covid vaccine - https://carers.org/news-and-media/news/post/101-coronavirus-vaccine-and-carers-faqs-for-unpaid-carers
You can see Carers UK’s press release in full here.
A message from Gareth Howells the Chief Executive at Carers Trust.
Late in 2020 and over the Christmas period Carers Trust lobbied hard for the inclusion of unpaid carers on the vaccine prioritisation list. We are delighted to have confirmation that unpaid carers are entitled to the vaccine as a priority and our attention has now turned to communicating this in the vaccine rollout and to support decision makers to think about how this can be delivered (e.g. unpaid carers being vaccinated at the same time as the person they care for)
If you would like any support or further information regarding this. Please contact us on 0208 5934422 and someone will be abe to help you.
Catch-up on LBBD COVID-19 vaccine myth busting Q&A session
Covid-19 vaccines contain no animal by-products; no human foetal tissues were used in their development; and there are no side effects to the recipient’s fertility – these are just a few of the myths dispelled in our recent public question and answer session on the COVID-19 vaccines.
Hosted in partnership with Together First, the GP Federation for the Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group, the hour-long online event featured two local GPs. The session offered people the chance to raise any concerns they have about the vaccine and hear from medical experts to help them make an informed choice about having the vaccine and dispel some of the myths and incorrect information that is circulating.
If you missed the event, which also included the borough’s director of public health and Council Leader, Cllr Darren Rodwell, and Cllr Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Integration, you can catch-up online at lbbd.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccination
Covid vaccinations - please wait to be contacted
The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people who are most at risk from coronavirus.
You may have your vaccination at a hospital, your GP surgery, a vaccination centre or a pharmacy in the borough.
A new vaccination centre will be opening soon at the Broadway Theatre, Barking and this is fantastic news because it means when it’s your turn for the vaccine, you’ll be able to have the jabs closer to home.
In support of this Bobby Moore Way, Bobby Moore Way Car Park, Clock House Avenue and Broadway car parks and facilities are currently suspended and are only to be used to facilitate the vaccination process.
The vaccine will soon be offered more widely, but it’s really important that you wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. Please do not contact the NHS before then, to help vaccines get to those most in need as quickly as possible.
If you are aged 80 or over and have not yet been contacted about your vaccine, then now is the time to contact your GP.
Many videos have been produced, designed for a variety of communities, explaining the vaccine and the importance of having it to protect yourself and others. These issues are also covered in our FAQs.
- Messages for our faith communities http://thccg.nhs.sitekit.net/ELHCP/pages/ourplans/message-for-our-faith-communities.htm
- Covid-19 and the vaccine explained in your language https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/covid-explained-in-your-language.htm
- What's in the vaccine? https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/whats-in-the-vaccine.htm
- NHS Staff community vaccination videos http://thccg.nhs.sitekit.net/ELHCP/pages/ourplans/nhs-staff-community-vaccination-videos.htm
- Care home staff and housebound patient videos https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/care-home-and-housebound-patient-videos.htm
- The vaccine and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/the-vaccine-and-fertility-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding.htm
- PHE and scientist vaccine videos https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/phe-and-scientist-vaccine-videos.htm
- Priority groups including clinically vulnerable https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/priority-groups-including-clinically-vulnerable.htm
- Vaccine scams in South Asian languages https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/vaccine-scams-in-south-asian-languages.htm
- Celebrity vaccination video https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/celebrity-vaccination-video.htm
- For people with a learning disability and autistic people https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/for-people-with-a-learning-disability-and-autistic-people.htm
Volunteer to help at Covid-19 vaccination centres
Do you want to help deliver the biggest immunisation programme of our time? We’re looking for volunteers to help in the fight against coronavirus by supporting the mass vaccination efforts in Barking and Dagenham.
As well as the Broadway Theatre centre mentioned above, vaccine centres will be opening across the borough and volunteers will welcome people coming in for vaccinations, helping them to register when they arrive and generally helping to make sure the process runs smoothy, monitoring queues and making sure Covid safety protocols are followed. Volunteers will also help visitors who may need additional support.
No previous experience is needed but volunteers will need to commit to a minimum of two, six hour shifts each month. Full support and training will be provided.
If you’d like to play your part to help Barking and Dagenham get back on its feet, find out more and apply now.
Vaccine FAQ's for Faith/Community organisations & Lines for communications - The FAQ’s factsheet covers questions individuals may have around the Vaccine, how it works, effectiveness, eligibility and busts some of the most common myths about the vaccines.
Please click HERE to access the factsheet.