Parent carers added to Covid-19 vaccine priority list across the UK

Monday 4 January 2021

The government’s vaccine committee has revised its recommendations to include unpaid carers in the vaccine priority list.

It now recommends unpaid carers who get Carer’s Allowance or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person (child or adult) whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill should be prioritised alongside people with underlying health conditions.

This means unpaid carers are now in priority group 6: (see Table 3 of the green Book). It is not yet clear when unpaid carers will be offered the vaccine.

This welcome news follows a campaign by Contact and other charities to add carers to the priority list. In November we wrote to the government’s vaccine committee about the enormous impact the pandemic is having on families with disabled children and thank you to the thousands of people who supported our campaign by signing our petition.

We continue to press for a vaccine for children with long term health and rare conditions.

Our heath lead Amanda Elliot has put together some questions and answers about the Covid-19 vaccination. We are keeping this page under review and will update it as more information becomes available:

Covid-19 vaccination: your questions answered | Contact