I am writing to provide a correction to a letter issued on Friday regarding the de-prioritisation of COVID-19 vaccinations for unpaid carers. The letter stated that unpaid carers were not on the priority list for the vaccination which is incorrect and the Cabinet Secretary has since clearly clarified the Scottish Government position on social media.
Unpaid carers aged 18 and over are included in priority group 6 of the JCVI Green Book and the details of this can be found in the table on pages 9 and 10. All 4 UK nations have agreed to take the recommended JVCI prioritisation approach.
This prioritisation recognises the important role carers play in supporting those they care for and the health and social care system. Timescales for carers and others to receive the vaccine will become clearer as we know more about vaccine approvals and when supplies will be delivered. We will seek to write out to as many carers as possible to inform them of their eligibility for the vaccine but we recognise this will not reach everyone who needs it so this will be supplemented by wider public messaging and other forms of communications. We are working with national and local carer organisations as well as condition-specific charities to ensure a coherent approach that reaches as many carers as possible and encourages them to come forward to receive the vaccination.
We understand that this may have caused additional and unnecessary anxiety and would like to express regret for any concerns this has raised. We would also like to give our assurances that this will not be repeated.
Annette Pyle | C1Team Leader Autism and Learning Disabilities Policy| Mental Health and Social Care Directorate | Room GE | Scottish Government St Andrew’s House Edinburgh EH1 3DG