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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 134439, tabled on 8 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the process is for arranging a covid-19 vaccination for carers employed directly by their client rather than by the NHS, a local authority or a private company.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

24 March 2021

All frontline health and social care workers are eligible regardless of who they are employed by as long as they are providing care and support to someone who is clinically vulnerable to Covid-19. This includes social care workers providing care in people’s own homes, day centres, care homes for working age adults or supported housing; whether they care for clinically vulnerable adults or children; or who they are employed by, whether private companies, charities, local authorities or the NHS.

If a carer is caring for multiple patients particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the carer would be considered a frontline social care worker and therefore eligible for vaccination as a part of cohort 2.

Local authorities and employers will work together to identify frontline social care workers that are eligible to receive the vaccine, including directly employed personal assistants.

The Department advise self-employed social carer workers to contact the Adult Social Care lead for their Local Authority at the following link:

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