Unpaid carer vaccination

Thursday March 18th 2021

Colin Beattie MSP
Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View

If you are an unpaid carer and you have not been identified as such in relation to receiving your vaccine, you are now able to register yourself for a Covid-19 vaccination appointment. You can do this by visiting www.nhsinform.scot/carersregister and this will allow unpaid carers aged between 16 and 64 who provide face-to-face care for a family member or friend to organise their appointment. All unpaid carers are being encouraged to self-register and when they do, they will be advised if they are already scheduled for an appointment so there is no duplication.

The service we receive from unpaid carers is hugely valued and they will be under unique stresses from the pandemic relating to their caring responsibilities. They need to ensure they are protected in order to also effectively protect those they care for. As such, it’s important that the Scottish Government have launched this system which supports every carer who is eligible to register and ensure they receive it.

We are now in the 60-69 and 50-59 age categories of the vaccination, along with vaccinating those with underlying health conditions. These categories are scheduled to be vaccinate by a target of mid-April and therefore if you have not been contacted yet then please be assured that you are likely to be offered an appointment in the coming weeks.

The nature of a roll out means that not everyone will be contacted or vaccinated on day one of their category, so please be assured there is still time to be contacted. Over the next few weeks the volume of vaccine available to Scotland is expected to increase and provided these supplies arrive, the vaccination infrastructure in Scotland is ready to deliver around 400,000 vaccines a week from the end of the March. We hope to have vaccinated all those on the JCVI prioritisation list by the end of spring 2021, supplies permitting.

For any further questions, or any other enquiries about the Covid-19 please contact the helpline on 0800 030 8013.

This week I held a meeting with the Esk River Improvement Group (ERIG), and we continue to have coordinated discussions about how to improve the cleanliness of the River Esk. I would like to thank all stakeholders and local volunteers who are also committed to improving the condition of the Esk. We have made some serious progress through this community group in securing commitments from stakeholders in cleaning the Esk and have produced an effective forum for communities to feed into decisions. I’m very proud of all we have collectively achieved through ERIG.

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