Have you had your COVID-19 vaccination yet?
If not, then please book in today. Carers, you are a priority!
IMPORTANT UPDATE - 19th July
Don't forget that on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July (8:30am - 6:45pm) you will be able to get your first or second dose of Oxford-AZ (for those aged over 40) at the COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinic at the St Nicholas Shopping Centre.
On Sunday 25th July, 8:30am - 6:45pm they will be administering the Pfizer-BioNTech, both first and second doses.
We hope that these clinics will be weekly until everyone is vaccinated. Please note that you can attend a walk-in clinic in other Boroughs if more convenient to you - you are not restricted to Sutton.
Still something holding you back like transport, covering care or lack of time? Please let us know! For example, if the queues are too long to fit around your caring, we can arrange a time slot by appointment, one that is more suitable for you. We also can arrange 1-1 consultations with a medical professional to answer any questions you may have.
Further information can be found below and on the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group website here.
Some Carers are reporting that despite booking their slot on the National Booking Service - often on the encouragement of their GP - and after completing the eligibility questions - they are still being questioned about eligibility when they arrive at the mass vaccination sites.
If you are eligible, and would like SCC to provide you with a letter to take with you, please email us on email@example.com or give us a ring on 020 8296 5611.
We also are speaking with our helpful health colleagues to make the process a bit more stream-lined for Carers.
We also welcome your feedback, so please let us know about your experiences - be they good or not-so-good. Thank you to all who have shared with us so far, which helps us to help other Carers.
Some of you may have been called for your jab already with a letter from your GP or perhaps directly from the government. That could be due to your age, or due to your role as a Carer. But many of you may not have heard anything as yet, maybe not sure if you are even eligible for a vaccination.
Or maybe you are worried about having the vaccination and becoming unwell, not being able to undertake your caring duties. Or perhaps you are hesitant for some other reason.
If you are a Carer and you have not yet been contacted about your COVID-19 vaccination, then please keep reading for further information on how you can get booked in.
Please note: If the person you care for has encountered a barrier that is stopping them from getting their COVID-19 vaccination, or you employ a care-worker who has missed their jab, then please also let us know so we can help.
The National Booking Service:
You are now only able to book through the National Booking Service if you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a Carer. It now states that if you think you are an eligible unpaid Carer, but not already known to health and care services then you will now need to contact your GP surgery first.
Further information can be found on the Carers Trust website here.
If you fall under the updated criteria then you can book directly through either of the two following ways:
by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination at any time.
by calling 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.
Please ensure that you have your NHS number to hand and be prepared to share your date of birth. You also will be asked a few 'eligibility' questions about your caring role but you will not need to show any proof when you attend for the vaccination, although we do recommend that you take a picture ID with you.
Getting a vaccination at your GP practice:
If you would like to request being vaccinated at your local GP practice, and you do not believe that you are flagged on their system as a Carer (so will not be called in), then please email them or use the contact form on the Practice website to let them know.
Over the last few weeks, we have been assisting GPs to reach Carers, including confirming eligibility. If you or your GP is unsure if you are eligible to receive the jab as part of Priority Group 6, then please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 020 8296 5611. You also can use the contact form or referral forms on our website here or via our App.
We also are happy to provide Carers with letters to confirm their eligibility, if that is reassuring, to use with their GP or the National Booking sites.
More information with helpful FAQs for Carers can be found on the Carers UK website here.
St Nicholas Centre - Sutton's new Community Vaccination Site!
The St Nicholas Centre has become the latest Community Vaccination Site in Sutton. The opening of this central Sutton site offers a potentially more convenient and familiar location for vaccination bookings. When booking your COVID-19 vaccination on the National Booking Service, you can now select St Nicholas Centre as your preferred location, if most convenient to you.
Are you a Young Adult Carer, aged 16 or 17? If so, then you may be eligible to receive a free, priority COVID-19 vaccination, too.
If you are 16 or 17, and someone in your family relies on you for their care and support, then you may be eligible to receive a COVID-19 jab.
Please contact us straight away if you want us to book you in for this service by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 8296 5611 - or by contacting your usual SCC Support Worker. We can also sort transport, covering care and help you overcome other obstacles, too.
For further dedicated guidance for unpaid Adult and Young Carers on Coronavirus, please visit the links below: