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Good news for unpaid carers of clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

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The Covid-19 immunisation programme is well underway. Those who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) are amongst the first to receive the vaccine. However, what about those who care for these individuals? What if the carer tested positive for Covid? How would that vulnerable person manage?

CEV patients include individuals with chronic respiratory disease, liver disease or are immunosuppressed. The definition of a CEV individual can be found in table 3 of the Covid-19 Green Book, chapter 14a:

Under table 3, adult carers who are in receipt of a carers allowance, or, those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill, are entitled to the vaccine, regardless of what priority group they themselves are in.

Sarah Cunliffe, a senior associate within the serious injury team who often acts for the elderly and vulnerable says:

'This is great news. Many vulnerable people worry about what will happen if their carer becomes ill. The carers are often their lifelines. With the guidelines confirming that adult carers in these circumstances should also be vaccinated with the top priority groups, this should give some peace of mind to those most at risk. It is important however not to forget, that even with the vaccine, CEV individuals may still need to shield and take precautions. If you are a carer you ought to discuss this with the prescriber when your loved one is called for the vaccine.'

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