Coronavirus Vaccinations: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is classed as an adult carer?

Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, someone who has a severe mental illness or whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. 

I am a carer what do I need to do?

Your GP surgery may have already identified you as a carer and your records will be flagged accordingly. If you are not sure please contact your GP and ask for your records to reflect this. 

Alternatively if you are in receipt of carers allowance you can book directly here. If you are able to do this rather than contact the GP it will help them to manage the demand on their services which as we know is high.

Do I need to book a vaccine if I am already known as a carer?

Eligible adult carers will be contacted via the National Booking System (NBS) to receive an invitation to book vaccination through Vaccination Centres, Community Pharmacy LVSs or Hospital Hubs. They will provide you with all the information you need. You can also find out more here.

Is attending a vaccination centre safe?

Yes. We have had very positive feedback from carers who have had their vaccination. “It was very well organised and social distancing was observed at all times. Everyone who worked at the centre were kind and supportive. I never felt at risk during the visit.”

When will I get my Vaccine?

Somerset’s staff have worked exceptionally hard which means they are now working through group 6. Implementing the description of a carer as above and the additional people added to group 6 this week means there are more people to get through, but you will be called as soon as possible. This should be within the next few weeks.

I am scared of injections, but I want to have the vaccine. What can I do?

If you are nervous about the injection talk to your GP surgery in advance. They will be able to talk through the process with you. We have also had positive feedback from members in a similar situation that they felt very supported through the process at the centre and were able to have their injection successfully.