Register that your a carer with your GP to be considered priority access to the Covid 19 Vaccine

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For carers, who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, you can now approach your G.P. to be considered for a priority, Covid 19 vaccination. This means that you will be in the next priority group for the vaccine

Please ring your G.P. (although it may take some time to get through to your GP Practice as they are extremely busy at this time) to ensure that you are on their Carers Register and ask to be considered for their vaccination waiting list. 

For more information about the vaccine, please see the link below for vaccinations Q&A’s, which is updated regularly:

https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/what-you-need-to-know/

Carers Trust Solihull are here to support Carers during this difficult time, please contact us on:  0121 788 1143

Tips When Coming for the Vaccine:

  1. Please ensure you attend your appointment – not attending means that the vaccine may be wasted!
  2. Get in and out of the car or walk carefully to the appointment – especially if you have not been out of the house for some time.  
  3. You may need to wait before your appointment, so please wrap up warm.
  4. There currently 2 types of vaccines on offer, the centre will tell you which one you are having.
  5. After you have the injection, you will need to wait for 15 mins at the centre so that you can be monitored, this is nothing to worry to about.
  6. Common side effects include: sore arm (where the injection was), flu like symptoms, feeling tired and headaches. Take rest and paracetamol to help you feel better. This should only last a few days. If symptoms persist, then contact your G.P.

Going for you vaccine:

  • Your appointment will take from 30 – 45 minutes.
  • On the day of your vaccine, wear practical clothing so it’s easy to access your upper arm.
  • Wear a face covering and continue to follow social distancing guidance.
  • Strict infection control measures will be in place at the venue. 
  • You must NOT attend an appointment if you or any member of your household are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are self-isolating.

If you have not been outside for a while:

  • Wrap up warm as you may need to wait outside the venue.
  • Take walking aids or a wheelchair if needed to support you.
  • Set out in plenty of time to get to your appointment as you will need to take you time walking, getting in and out of the car.
  • If needed, take someone with you to assist you to your appointment (family member or friend).

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