Vaccination, health and social care needs

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Covid-19 vaccination

All adults aged 18 or over can now get vaccinated against Covid-19. Unpaid carers over 18 have started being offered a Covid booster jab from September. 

Young people aged 16 and 17 can now get a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Children aged 12 to 17 in clinical risk groups, or who live with an immunosuppressed person, are eligible for two doses of the Covid vaccine.

Unpaid carers in the UK have started being offered a Covid booster jab from September. This includes adults who receive Carer’s Allowance or those who are the primary carer of a disabled person of any age who is considered clinically vulnerable.

Our health lead Amanda 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.

We’ve also compiled questions and answers on the latest JCVI guidance on vaccinating vulnerable children over 12 years old.


On 25 August 2021 the government begun sending letters to families of children previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), confirming that they will be removed from the list of UK shielding patients.

This follows the pausing of shielding from 1 April and the announcement on 19 July that adults and children previously considered CEV no longer need to follow additional restrictions.

See the latest updates to Government guidance below:

Going into hospital

The NHS has guidance on hospital visits.

If your child has to go into hospital during this time, you should still check with the hospital before visiting.

See our advice on hospital admission, including making use of a hospital passport.

Wales has issued this guidance for hospital visits.

Social care support

Local authority duties under the Children Act 1989 to disabled children and their families remain in place. These include the duties to assess and arrange provision to support disabled children’s needs while they are under 18, and the needs of their carers.

Direct payments, personal budget and personal health budgets

The governments in all four UK nations have produced guidance on using direct payments during the pandemic, including parents on behalf of their children: