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If you are the main carer for someone and you haven’t had your COVID-19 vaccine, there’s still time to get your vaccine to protect yourself and the people you care for. 

Dorset County Council is urging people who are in receipt of carer’s allowance, and anyone providing unpaid substantial care to someone who is at increased risk of coronavirus, to come forward for their COVID-19 vaccination.  If you have not registered with Carer Support Dorset, please contact them for further advice.

Key information for carers

You may be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine if any of the following apply:

  • you are the main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • your GP record shows you are a carer
  • you get a Carer's Allowance or other support following an assessment by your local authority

How carers can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments

You may be able to book appointments locally or at a larger vaccination centre, like the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), a GP-led service, or a community pharmacy.

You can book on the National Booking Service via the NHS website.

If you think you should be eligible as a carer but cannot book an appointment online, contact your GP surgery by email or telephone. Your GP may be able to update your GP record and book an appointment for you at a local NHS service.

If you are not already registered with a GP please follow this link How to register with a GP surgery - NHS

If you don't have an NHS number or can't find it, the NHS has a website that will help with this Find your NHS number - NHS

What to do next:

  • If you are an eligible unpaid carer and you are contacted by the NHS about your vaccine, book an appointment as soon as possible.
  • If you are an eligible unpaid carer who hasn’t received their vaccination yet or been contacted, you can get your vaccine at the same time as the person you care for. If you are accompanying the person you care for to their vaccination appointment at their local GP vaccination service, let the GP surgery know in advance that you would like to receive your vaccine at the same time and confirm an appointment. Please note that the large vaccination sites are not able to support walk-in appointments. 
  •  You do not need to provide proof that you are a carer.
  • After you have received your first dose of vaccine, you will be invited to attend for their second dose at the same location and will be issued a reminder for the second vaccination appointment. Should a person fail to attend reminders will be sent and followed up.

Key points about the vaccine:

  • Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. Vaccines are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and have saved thousands of lives.
  • Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it. There is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.
  • The first dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offers good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection everyone will need to get a second dose, so we are urging people to come back when they are contacted or if they have an appointment booked.
  • It is essential that everyone continues to follow COVID-19 restrictions whether they have had the vaccine or not. To follow social distancing guidance wear a face covering and remember hands, face, space and fresh air.

Further local information about the vaccine programme in Dorset can be found on the NHS website  

For the most up to date information on Vaccines in Dorset go to the Adult social care sector coronavirus weekly report - Dorset Council