NHS Forth Valley’s caring community called forward for Covid vaccine
People aged 16 to 64 in the Forth Valley area who provide face-to-face care and support for others, and have not already had their first vaccine dose or appointment letter, are being invited to register for their Covid-19 vaccination.
A national self-registration service has been launched this week to enable people aged 16 and over to check their eligibility and register, online at nhsinform.scot/carersregister or by calling the national Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013, for the vaccine as an unpaid carer.
Carers who receive relevant benefits should have already received a letter with details of their appointment but all eligible unpaid carers are being encouraged to self-register - when they do, they will be advised if they are already scheduled for an appointment so there is no duplication.
Jillian Taylor, operational lead for NHS Forth Valley’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, commented: “Carers play a crucial role in the community and we recognise that the events of the past year have put more pressure than ever before on those who provide care and support for others.
"You may not consider yourself a carer, but if you provide vital face-to-face care to anyone, be it family, friend or neighbour, then you could be eligible to receive the vaccine now.
"Getting the vaccine reduces your risk of Covid and supports you to keep well and in turn, ensure those you care for are safe.
“We are hugely thankful to our carer community and urge them to protect themselves by registering for the vaccine now.”