Who is being vaccinated next in north Cumbria?

The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those that experts have agreed will benefit from having it the most, as they are at most risk. 

From Monday 15th February, people in cohorts 5 and 6 are being invited by the NHS to have their vaccine.
These are:

• Cohort 5 - all those 65 years of age and over

• Cohort 6 - all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

• Unpaid carers, including those in receipt of carers allowance, are also part of cohort 6 and are part of Primary Care’s roll out. The NHS will be working with relevant partner organisations to ensure that the vaccine is delivered to unpaid carers as part of the cohort. (See further info on unpaid carers in the drop down box below).

All people registered as having a Learning Disability (LD) with their GP are being prioritised for a Covid vaccine in north Cumbria. (See further info on LD in the drop down box below).

  • Local GP vaccination services will be calling in both cohorts.
  • UPDATE - from 1 March includes people in Cohort 7 - all those 60 years of age and over

Please note that 'local GP vaccination services' are your GPs working together in local areas as part of Primary Care Networks (PCNs).  We have eight of these networks across north Cumbria who are delivering the vaccine from nine hubs.

People may also receive a letter from the National Booking Service, providing an alternative option which invites them to book at a Large Vaccination Centre. However as you would need to travel further for your vaccination it might be more convenient for people to wait for their local vaccination service, run by their own GPs, to get in touch. Everyone in the priority cohorts who want to have a vaccination can do so from their local GP vaccination service.

The nearest Large Vaccination Centres at the moment are located in Kendal, Ulverston and Lancaster. There are also sites in the North East at Newcastle’s Centre for Life and the NHS Nightingale Hospital North East, Sunderland with a third Large Vaccination Centre location opening in Durham opening soon. If you want to wait to be called by your local GP vaccination service then please do not respond to the national booking service invitation.

Work is ongoing to develop a Large Vaccination Centre for north Cumbria and we will update any progress when a date for opening is confirmed.

The way the cohorts are being invited may result in a younger person with an underlying health condition being offered an appointment before someone in the over 65 year age group. This doesn't mean you have been missed so please wait until the NHS contacts you. 
In the meantime the message remains the same - the NHS will be in contact with you when the time is right for you to be invited for your vaccine. Please do not contact the NHS, please wait for the NHS to contact you.

If you are over 70 years old and have still not been contacted please now make contact with your practice so they can advise you on when you can expect an appointment.
If you have had a vaccination please continue to follow the national guidance at this time, stay home, protect the NHS and help to save lives.

Unpaid carers are eligible for the covid vaccine as part of Cohort 6 defined by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI).

The definition given for those eligible is:

•    Eligible for carer’s allowance 

•    Those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable. (This includes: those clinically vulnerable to COVID include children with severe neuro-disabilities, those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV), adults who have underlying health conditions and those who need care because of advanced age*

If you have received a letter from the National Booking Service (because you are a carer in receipt of Carer’s Allowance) we understand it can be difficult to travel to the Large Vaccination Centres so you can contact your Practice and explain you have received the letter and ask to be called by your practice / Primary Care Network – PCN - (groups of GPs working together).

Please remember to bring your invite with you to your appointment.

If you are an unpaid carer and are currently known through the following routes you will automatically be invited for your vaccine and need to do nothing further: 
•    Those known to GPs who have a 'carers flag' on their primary care record 
•    Those in receipt of or entitled to carers allowance 
•    Those carers for adults known to Local Authorities who are in receipt of support following a carers assessment  
•    Those known to local carer organisations to be actively receiving care and support

Given the number of people who are on these lists, it will take the NHS a few weeks to call all of those who are eligible, so please be patient.

Anyone who thinks they might be eligible to receive a vaccine as an unpaid carer, but is not on that list should fill in the form here:  https://cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/unpaidcarers.asp

You will then be contacted for further information about your caring responsibilities and if eligible will be offered a vaccination as part of the Cohort 6 programme through your local PCN.

We know many carers have already been vaccinated as they fall into the over 65 age group, or may themselves by clinically vulnerable.

We are working to the national deadlines:
•    Cohort 6 in the next few weeks
•    all over 50s by the middle of April
•    all adults by the end of July

* You can read more about the JCVI’s guidance here

All people registered as having a Learning Disability with their GP are being prioritised for a Covid vaccine in north Cumbria. 

This is in line with the advice issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published this week.

Many adults with conditions such as Down’s Syndrome have already been offered a jab as part of Cohort 4.
Already people with a ‘severe or profound’ learning disability were being called as part of Cohort 6.
Now all those registered with Learning Disability with their GP will be called by their Practice as part of Cohort 6.

Please be patient. It will take a number of weeks to get through everyone in Cohort 6.

The national deadlines are:
•    Cohort 6 will be done over the next few weeks
•    all over 50s by the middle of April
•    all adults by the end of July

Easy read vaccination leaflets and other LD resources here.