If you are caring for someone with underlying health conditions who would struggle to cope if you became unwell, you can help the vaccination effort by contacting your GP practice by email or via their website to make sure they know that you are an unpaid carer.

The JCVI guidance that GPs follow says that if a carer is over 70 years old, they should ask to be vaccinated at the same time as the person they care for – so please ask when you are contacted by the NHS.

If a carer is 69 or younger, they will be able to get their vaccine once the NHS begins immunisations for that group. The NHS is moving through the cohorts in the order recommended by the JCVI.