Friday 23 March 2021
Are you a carer living in Knowsley or a carer registered with a Knowsley GP?
As a carer, you play an invaluable role in our communities so it’s important that you are vaccinated as quickly as possible, to not only protect yourself, but also the people you care for.
If you have informed your GP that you are a carer or if you are in receipt of a Carers Allowance, then you will be contacted shortly to arrange an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Carers registered as a carer with their GP
If you are registered as a carer with your GP, they will contact you to arrange an appointment at one of the vaccination sites in Huyton or Kirkby. You don’t need to do anything as you will be contacted directly.
Carers in receipt of a Carers Allowance
If you’re in receipt of a Carers Allowance, the Department for Work and Pensions will write to you with instructions on how to book an appointment through the national booking system. However, you don’t have to wait to be contacted, you can call 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine to make an appointment.
If you are a carer in Knowsley, but do not fall into one of the above two categories, it’s important that you make it known that you are a carer so that an appointment can be made for you to be vaccinated.
You can do this by ringing the booking line on 0151 244 4121.
You will be asked about your caring role, who you care for and information about their health conditions. An appointment will then be made for you to be vaccinated. You will also be asked if you wish your GP and the Carers Centre to know you are a carer.
Vaccine Invitation Letter
If you are aged 80 or older you may have received a letter from the NHS nationally inviting you to book your vaccine by visiting a website or calling 119 - please don't worry if you are struggling to get through on the phone or have gone online and find that the sites on offer are too far to travel to.
Seven mass vaccination sites have been set up by the NHS nationally, and are running alongside local GP-led vaccination centres with the aim of offering as many options to people as possible to get vaccinated. We have 2 sites vaccinating people aged 80 and over in Knowsley at the moment and we are also vaccinating in our care homes.
If you have received a letter but you don’t want to attend one of these sites outside of Knowsley you will still be able to have your vaccine at our local GP-led sites, you will be contacted directly by your GP practice in the next 2 weeks.
Details of how GP practices in Knowsley are working together to vaccinate patients in the priority groups.
GP practices in Knowsley are beginning to invite people aged 80 and over to have the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – this brief update explains more about how the process works.
Whilst we understand people will be keen to know when they are likely to have their COVID-19 vaccination, there is no need for patients to contact their GP practice, or any other NHS organisation, to ask for their vaccination – or to request one for a member of their family – they will be invited when it is time for them to be vaccinated, either by a letter or a phone call.
The borough’s GP practices are working together to vaccinate patients, so patients might not be contacted by their usual practice, and patients will attend one of the vaccination hubs rather than their practice, they will be told where to attend when they are invited in. When they have had their first vaccination patients will be given an appointment for their second dose.
Not all areas of the borough have started vaccinating yet, so patients should not be worried if they or a family member is over 80 but hasn’t heard anything so far. Patients might know others over 80 who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that doesn’t mean that they are a lower priority. GPs and other practice staff are working hard to vaccinate people in this priority group as quickly as possible, and during January many more people will be invited in. Patience is requested please as we are only at the start of the vaccination programme and it will take some time to get everyone vaccinated.
General informtion about the COVID-19 vaccine and priority groups can be found here: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.