COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Updated formal advice received from Hywel Dda is as follows:

Unpaid carers in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire who are not already registered as a carer with their GP practice are being asked to complete an online registration form if they wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that unpaid carers are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as part of priority group 6, subject to certain eligibility criteria. Revised national guidance from the JCVI describes unpaid carers as those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.Those clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 include children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), adults who have underlying health conditions, and those who need care because of advanced age. Eligible carers should be vaccinated in priority group 6.
Anna Bird, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Unpaid carers play a vital role offering care and support and it is in everyone’s interest that they are supported. “For many years now, the health board has built strong links with unpaid carers across our three counties through initiatives such as our Investors in Carers scheme, designed to help organisations focus on, and improve, their carer awareness and the help and support they give to carers. “There are over 10,000 unpaid carers registered with GP practices or the local authority across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire but we know there are many more people out there who may not recognise themselves as an unpaid carer and are unaware that support is available for them, including their eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine.”
If you believe you may be eligible, are aged 16 or over, and are not registered as an unpaid carer with your GP, please complete this online form: 

COVID vaccine for unpaid carers – Hywel Dda University Health Board (nhs.wales)

to register your details. People without internet access can contact the health board on 0300 303 8322.
Those already registered as an unpaid carer with a GP will be contacted directly to receive a COVID vaccination and do not need to do anything further.
Please wait to be invited for your vaccination and do not contact your GP or health board to ask about your vaccine appointment. You will be contacted when it is your turn, thank you for your patience and understanding.
To find out more about the support available for unpaid carers in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire please visit: Carers information – Hywel Dda University Health Board (nhs.wales)

This priority list is as follows:

 

1.      Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

2.      All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers

3.      All those 75 years of age and over

4.      All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

5.      All those 65 years of age and over

6.      All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality    

7.      All those 60 years of age and over

8.      All those 55 years of age and over

9.      All those 50 years of age and over

 

It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.

Young Carers and Young Adult Carers

Welsh Government have encouraged us to highlight that young and young adult carers should be receiving the vaccination alongside the relative or friend who they care for.  There is an expectation from Welsh Government that this would largely happen for carers who are caring for people in priority group 6 – however we are waiting to see the precise wording around this in updated guidance from Welsh Government which we hope will be published in the next few days. 

Carers of people with learning disabilities

Below are some specific examples shared by our colleagues at All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities. 

 

‘The latest guidance now specifies that people with a learning disability and a clinical vulnerability (for example, those shielding/Down’s syndrome) who are 16 and over will be called for the vaccine in priority group 4, with the over 70s.

 

The remaining learning disability population who may not be as likely to catch COVID-19, but if they do, may be more likely to be sicker with it – have been put under the ‘other at-risk groups in the population’ category – which is group 6, with the over 50s.

Scenario 1

If a carer is 55 and looking after a child with a clinical vulnerability (such as downs syndrome or other medical condition in the shielding list), they should be vaccinated at the same time as the person they care for – as their relative is in priority group 4, and the carer would be in group 6 due to their age. So, in this case they would get the vaccine ahead of others in the carer age group bracket.

Scenario 2

But, if the carer were 75 and over and looking after a child with clinical vulnerabilities, they would get called for the vaccine due to their age, not because they are a carer, and it is highly likely they would get called first as a result. So, the carer would then get the vaccine first before the cared for, due to age.


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