Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, is encouraging anyone aged 16 to 64 in Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and Helensburgh & Lomond who provide vital care and support for others, and have not already had their first vaccine dose or appointment letter, to register for their COVID-19 vaccination.
This follows an announcement from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde that a self-registration service has been launched this week to enable people aged 16 and over to check their eligibility and register, online or over the phone, for the vaccine as an unpaid carer. All eligible unpaid carers are being encouraged to self-register.
Carers can 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.
Jackie Baillie has repeatedly called for the eligibility for vaccine prioritisation to be opened up to more groups, including unpaid carers and family caregivers.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“I am delighted that the eligibility for the vaccine has finally been opened up to hardworking unpaid carers.
“These carers provide vital care to vulnerable people in our community and across Scotland. It is only right that they receive the vaccine as a priority to ensure that both they, and those that they care for, are protected.
“I encourage all unpaid carers to check their eligibility to receive the vaccine as soon as they are able to do so. The vaccine is a fantastic way to reduce the spread and severity of the virus and to help us all get back to some sense of normality.”