Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine
Information for Unpaid Carers
This page provides information about the coronavirus vaccine for unpaid carers in Kingston.
You can find more information about the coronavirus vaccine on our main vaccine page.
For information for paid carers and social care staff, visit our Vaccinations for Workers in Social Care page.
Am I a carer?
A carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs care and support because they are living with a disability, long term illness, a mental health problem or an addiction. The care they give is unpaid.
If you are providing care and support to a family member, partner or friend then you are legally recognised as a carer.
If you are paid to provide care for someone please see our separate web pages here where you can find out more about access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Am I eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?
Everyone over the age of 18 is eligible for the vaccine. You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
I am a young carer - what should I do?
A young carer is anyone who is under 18 and a carer for a family member, partner or friend who needs care and support because they are living with a disability, long term illness, a mental health problem or an addiction. The care they give is unpaid.
We will be providing more information about the COVID-19 vaccination for carers shortly. However, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for under 18s. We will be working with our local NHS services to ensure young carers are directed to the right place to receive their vaccine.
If you are a young carer who would like further support from a local organisation the Kingston Carers Network is a local registered charity who provides independent information, advice and advocacy and support to people who care for someone living in Kingston. They support carers of all ages including 700 young carers aged 5 - 18 in Kingston.
What proof should I take with me when I get my vaccine?
You should bring with you a print out of the information you receive when you book your vaccine appointment as proof of eligibility.