Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines

Vaccinations for unpaid carers

If you are the sole primary carer who provides close personal care or face to face support for an elderly or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 (including children over the age of 12 with severe neuro-disabilities), this is known as being an unpaid carer.

Unpaid carers are now being invited to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Provided they are eligible for a carer’s allowance
  • Are identified as a primary carer by their GP
  • Are receiving support following a carer’s assessment by their local council or from a local carer’s organisation.

All carers will be contacted in phases, starting with those carers already known to health and social care services in Ealing.

Those who are identified as a primary carer on their GP’s register or eligible for a carer’s allowance will be invited first, followed by those who have had a statutory carer’s assessment by their local council or are receiving support from a local carers organisation.

All eligible unpaid carers will be contacted by the NHS when it’s their turn to receive the vaccine and will be given information about how they should book their appointment.

What unpaid carers need to do

  • Wait to be contacted. When you are contacted by the NHS about your vaccine, book an appointment as soon as possible. This will either be at a vaccination site in your local community supported by your GP practice, or at a large vaccination centre.
  • Take steps to arrange alternative support for the person you are caring for while you are at your vaccination appointment.
    If you need help to arrange this, please contact Ealing council on 020 8825 8000 or the Ealing Carers Centre on 0203 137 6194.
  • When you go and get your vaccine, take along with you the confirmation of your appointment, photo ID to prove your identity, and your NHS number if you have it. You do not need to provide proof you are a carer.

Unpaid carers over the age of 18 who are not already known to health and care services can contact the National Booking Service at or by ringing 119 to complete a short application process to determine if they are eligible to book their vaccination appointment.

Book your appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service. For more information visit

If you require advice or information to support you in your caring role please contact Ealing Carers Centre on 0203 137 6194 or visit