Personal assistants for clinically vulnerable children eligible for Covid-19 vaccine now

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Families who directly employ a personal assistant (PA) to care for their clinically vulnerable child are urged to contact their local authority to arrange for their PA to be vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Personal assistants are frontline health and social care workers. They are included in phase one of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and are cohort number two on the priority list. 

Eligible PAs include care workers employed by families who get personal budgets and who regularly give close care to people clinically vulnerable to coronavirus, including children. 

Amanda Elliot, Contact’s health lead, said it was vital personal assistants working with clinically vulnerable children were vaccinated as soon as possible. 

“The Covid-19 vaccine is not being offered to clinically vulnerable children. That makes it doubly important these children are indirectly protected against the virus by vaccinating care staff who work with them. 

“You can ensure your child’s personal assistants gets the vaccine by contacting your local authority which is working with the NHS to vaccinate priority groups,” Amanda added. 

More details of how the vaccine should be delivered health and social care workers is set in the Standard Operating Procedures. This document includes processes PAs need to follow to ensure that they’re able to receive the vaccine. 

Meanwhile, unpaid family carers who get Carer’s Allowance, or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, will get the vaccine at the same time as people with underlying health conditions.  

This means unpaid carers are in priority group six: (see Table 3 of the green Book

Find out more on our Covid-19 vaccine: your questions answered page.