Changes to Self Registering for the COVID vaccine for Unpaid Carers

Changes to Self Registering for the COVID vaccine for Unpaid Carers

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Monday, 19 April 2021


Following changes to JCVI advice on the use of alternative vaccines for the under 30s population, we need to be able to match those under 30 to clinics that are not solely offering the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine. To minimise the risk of people being appointed to the wrong clinic type, we are adapting our registration options.

Therefore from the evening of Sunday 25 April 2021, the online service for eligible unpaid carers to register for their COVID-19 vaccination will close.
Unpaid carers are still able, and encouraged, to register via the Helpline 0800 030 8013 from 26 April onwards.

You are eligible for vaccination and should register if all of the following statements apply to you:

  • You are 16 to 64 years old;
  •  You provide face-to-face care and support to one or more family members, friends or neighbours;
  • The care you provide is not part of a contract or voluntary work;
  • If caring for someone under 18, they are affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, developmental condition or substance misuse; and
  • You have not already received your first COVID-19 vaccination or vaccination appointment letter.

If you do not meet the above criteria (for example, you provide only emotional support by phone/video call), you will be asked to wait until NHS Scotland contacts you to let you know it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact NHS Scotland for a vaccination before then.

If you have already registered with the service, received your vaccination or a letter of appointment, there is no further action to take, and no need to call the helpline.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, visit