Vaccinating carers

Register for a coronavirus (COVID-19) booster and flu vaccine as an unpaid carer

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends that unpaid carers should be offered a coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine to help increase their immunity level. Unpaid carers are also eligible for the free flu vaccine.

Who can register for the vaccinations?

Unpaid carers aged 16 and over providing face-to-face care will soon be able to register online for a coronavirus booster and flu vaccinations.

Providing face-to-face care can be anything from preparing meals and helping with other household tasks to giving personal and practical support. If that sounds like you, it’s soon going to be time to roll up your sleeve again.

By getting vaccinated, those caring for others can protect themselves from coronavirus and flu, while continuing to look after and protect others.

Only those who have had their first two doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be able to receive a booster. If you’ve not yet had your first or second dose, you can find out how to get it by visiting your local NHS Health Board's website.

The booking for these vaccinations is not yet open to unpaid carers. This page will be updated when the booking system is open.

Why should I register for the vaccinations?

Every year in Scotland people are hospitalised with flu. This winter our immunity may be lower than usual, so it’s more important than ever for eligible people to get the flu vaccine.

Coronavirus booster vaccines are recommended for certain groups to give longer-lasting protection against the virus, and extra protection against any new variants that may be circulating this winter.

When can I receive my coronavirus booster?

Boosters can be given six months (24 weeks) after your second coronavirus vaccine dose. The flu vaccine can be given at any time.

This means some people will be able to have their coronavirus booster and flu vaccine in one appointment and others will need two appointments. You may wish to consider booking an appointment after you have passed the 6 month gap so you can have both vaccines at one appointment.

Am I eligible?

You will be eligible to register for coronavirus booster and flu vaccination as a carer if all of the following apply:

  • You are aged 16 or over
  • You provide face-to-face care and support to one or more family members, friends or neighbours
  • The care you provide is not part of a contract or voluntary work
  • If caring for someone under 18, they are affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, developmental condition or substance misuse

Further information

This information sheet from the Scottish Government has more information about additional support for unpaid carers.