People who provide vital face-to-face care and support for others who haven’t already been given an appointment are now being invited to self-register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are an estimated 700,000 people in Scotland who care for a friend, family member or neighbour affected by a disability, physical or mental ill health, frailty or substance misuse.

Many don’t see what they do as providing care, it’s just what they do.

The Scottish Government has launched the Roll Up Your Sleeve campaign, which aims to encourage people in Scotland to come forward for their COVID-19 vaccination when invited.

Self-registration to enable Scotland’s unpaid carers to register for the vaccine as part of Priority Group 6 opened on 15 March 2021. Individuals can now check if they are eligible by using the website self-registration at nhsinform.scot/carersregister or by calling the Covid Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

Caring can include:

  • Caring for someone due to old age, physical or mental illness, disability or for an addiction.
  • Anything from the practicalities of domestic tasks such as regularly helping with the shopping, picking up prescriptions or preparing meals, to personal care such as helping them to wash and dress.
  • It could also be emotional support to someone such as a partner, friend or family member with a long-term health condition.

So if you are aged 16 and over and provide face-to-face care for a friend, family member or neighbour we urge you to complete the self-registration to check if you are eligible to receive your vaccination at an earlier date.