16 and 17 year olds who provide vital face-to-face care and support for others, and who haven’t already been given an appointment, are now being invited to register for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
Who can register for a vaccine?
Only young carers aged 16 and 17 can now register as unpaid carers for vaccination.
This is because everyone over 18 who has not already been invited is now being scheduled for vaccination.
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 time to roll up your sleeve.
By getting the vaccine, those caring for others can protect themselves from the virus, while continuing to look after and protect others.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible to register for vaccination as a carer if all of the following apply:
- you are aged 16 or 17 years old
- 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
- you have not already received your first coronavirus vaccination
If you are not eligible yet
Wait to be contacted if you are not eligible yet. NHS Scotland will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine.
Register for the coronavirus vaccine as a carer
You should phone the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 to register for your coronavirus vaccine as a carer.
The process will ask you to share your date of birth, name, address and gender identity, so you can be matched against national NHS Scotland records.
You can also phone the COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline for advice if you’re unsure if you qualify.