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Questions about priority groups

 

Can vaccinations be offered at home for patients who are housebound?

A roving vaccination team is in place for housebound patients who are unable to attend a vaccination centre for medical reasons.

If your GP record shows that you are clinically housebound and you haven’t been contacted yet, you should contact your GP practice to request an appointment as soon as possible.

If your existing GP records do not recognise you (or a family member) as housebound but you think a home vaccination is required, please discuss this with the GP practice.

 

I am Clinically Extremely Vulnerable – am I eligible for a vaccination?

Yes. There is a list of nationally set criteria which defines someone as 'Clinically Extremely Vulnerable' and everyone in this group should now have been invited to a vaccine.

This group were also advised by the NHS to shield during periods of lockdown because clinicians deemed them to be at higher risk of serious illness from catching the virus.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and haven’t had your vaccine yet, please book an appointment as soon as possible - either by using the details you were sent, or calling your GP practice to request one.

If you think you qualify as 'clinically extremely vulnerable' but have not been advised of this by the NHS, please talk to your GP for further advice.

You can also find information and guidance about support available to Clinically Extremely Vulnerable groups here: 

https://liverpool.gov.uk/communities-and-safety/emergency-planning/coronavirus/help-for-people-and-communities/advice-for-extremely-vulnerable-people/

 

I have a Learning Disability – can I get the vaccine?

Everyone who has a Learning Disability should have received a letter, text or phone call asking you to make an appointment. Please do this at the earliest possible opportunity.

You can bring someone else with you to the appointment. If you need any other support please ask for this when you make your appointment or contact your GP.

This information about the Covid vaccine in Easy Read may also be useful:

Easy Read - Guide to your Covid vaccination

Easy Read - What to Expect after your Covid Vaccination

Easy Read - Vaccine FAQs

Short Covid Vaccine film - produced by Skills for People and Learning Disability England

Easy Read - Pregnancy Maternity Guide 

For more resources in Easy Read, visit: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-easy-read-resources

 

I am an unpaid carer for someone. When can I have the vaccine?

Carers who meet certain criteria will be invited for a vaccine in the coming weeks, including carers who receive a carer’s allowance, and those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to severe illness if they catch COVID-19.      

Those deemed as clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 includes:

  • children with severe neuro-disabilities (you will be informed of this by your GP)
  • those who are designated Clinically Extremely vulnerable (advised to shield)
  • those who need care because of advanced age
  • adults who have underlying health conditions (as defined below)

The underlying health conditions included within this criteria are:

  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic heart disease and vascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Immunosuppression
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • Morbid obesity
  • Severe mental illness
  • Younger adults in long-stay nursing and residential care settings

All those who are eligible as carers under these national guidelines should receive an invitation for a vaccine by 30th April.

Anyone in Liverpool who is already identified as a carer in their GP records; those who receive Carer’s Allowance; or those known to Liverpool City Council or Liverpool Carers Centre Local Solutions, will be automatically invited for a vaccination. 

Anyone who thinks they might be eligible to receive a vaccine as a carer, but  doesn’t currently receive Carer’s Allowance or have their carer status recorded with any of the organisations mentioned above, should contact the Liverpool Carers Centre now. This includes carers aged 16 – 18, as well as adult carers.

They can do this either by calling: 07545652775 or by emailing: carersvaccine@localsolutions.org.uk. Alternatively, they can also complete an e-referral form by visiting: www.localsolutions.org.uk/carers-vaccine Following a short assessment process, if a person is identified as an unpaid carer they will be provided with details to arrange a vaccination.

 

Can I have the vaccine if I am immuno-supressed?

Yes, severely immunosuppressed patients should already have been invited for a vaccine either as someone who was advised to shield, or who has an underlying health condition.

From 31st March 2021, those who live with people who are severely immunosuppressed are also being prioritised for a vaccine and should contact their GP practice to request a vaccine appointment. This is because people who are severely immunosuppressed may have a less effective response from the vaccine, so the inclusion of household members is intended to increase their protection.

Over the coming weeks, GPs will be writing to severely immunosuppressed patients to advise them their household members are now eligible and to book an appointment for a vaccine over the coming weeks. This applies to immunosuppressed patients over 16 only as there is not the same evidence regarding children.

Household members are defined as “individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days... and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable”. Members of ‘bubbles’ that do not live with an immunosuppressed person for the majority of the week are not eligible. 

You can find further information and advice on this here:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/C1235_Contacts-of-Immunosuppressed-Operational-Guidance-Final_31Mar.pdf

 

I have ME - when will I get the vaccine?

The vaccination programme continues to prioritise people most clinically at risk from Covid, and broadly speaking patients with ME/CFS do not come under the current criteria for underlying health conditions. However, some patients with ME who have more severe or additional health problems may be included.  

If you don’t receive an invitation in the next few weeks but think you should be included in this group, you can contact your GP practice to discuss your level of risk and whether you should be included. This is a decision for each patient’s own GP to make by applying their clinical judgement, on a case by case basis.

 

My child has a neuro-disability. Does this mean I am eligible to receive a vaccine as a parent or carer?

Under the current ​national JCVI guidelines, only the parents/carers of children and young people with very severe neuro-disabilities or designated as clinically extremely vulnerable, are eligible to receive the vaccine as an unpaid carer.

Those designated as clinically extremely vulnerable are those who have also been sent letters asking them to shield during the pandemic.

The families of children identified with a severe neuro-disability will receive a letter from Alder Hey to inform them of this shortly. Examples include children who:

  • have tracheostomies
  • are non-verbal
  • older children who require assistance with activities of daily living such as eating
  • with neuro-disability severe enough to require use of a wheelchair or walking aid
  • who tend to get recurrent respiratory tract infections and who frequently spend time in specialised residential care settings for children with complex needs

We want to reassure parents and carers that there is strong evidence that children are at low risk of severe illness or health complications due to catching covid19, and the vast majority of neuro-disabilities do not increase a child's clinical vulnerability.