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  • Hello everyone, Dr Gillian Richardson shared this news article from Wales Online 10/03/2021, that gives a reasonable outline of how and when each health board will be rolling vaccination for priority group 6. We took the relevant information and reported it below. Please note that Dr Gillian Richardson, the senior officer behind Wales’ Covid-19 vaccine programme, says she is confident that all adults in Wales will be vaccinated by the end of July. – Aneurin Bevan Health Board Have vaccinated around half of the adults in priority group 6 (46.6% on 10/03/2021) and continue to do so. On the week of the 10th of March, they began vaccinating people in the age 60 to 64 age group, priority group 7 and said that everyone should be getting their letters in the following three weeks end (end of March)   -Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board They were sending out appointments to all those 65 years and over (priority group 5) followed by adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group and eligible carers (priority group 6). Letters were also being sent to those aged 60-64 (priority group seven) offering them appointments later this month (March). Up to March 7th, the board had provided a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 84% of people aged 65-69 (priority group 5) and almost a third of people aged 16 to 65 with underlying health conditions ( priority group 6). The telephone number for their Covid-19 vaccination booking centre is 03000 840004. Opening hours are 8am to 8pm seven days a week.   -Cardiff and Vale University Health Board People aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions, unpaid carers, and people with learning disabilities (Priority Group 6) are currently being contacted by the health board to attend a mass vaccination centre. These appointments will be automatically scheduled and people will receive a letter in the post. Those identified with learning disabilities will be contacted between March 22 and April 12 and will be visited at home by the mobile vaccination unit. Please note all first doses in the group will be offered by April 19.   -Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board the health board’s aim to vaccinate everyone in priority groups five to nine with at least their first dose by mid-April. They say that GPs had completed priority group five by the 10th of March and were contacting and vaccinating priority group six. Some of the priority groups have been divided into groups A, B, and C. The Health Board has divided some of the priority groups into groups A, B, and C. (Please see news article for more information regarding this) Priority group four B – clinically extremely vulnerable individuals This group had their first vaccine – the Oxford/AstraZeneca – through their GP practice. They will be contacted again by their surgery to come in for their second dose. Priority group six A – 16 to 64-year-olds with underlying health conditions GPs are starting to contact this group now and invite them in for a vaccine at their surgery. Patients within this group are given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. GPs are still contacting this group and making appointments Priority group six B – Unpaid carers An online self-referral form is live on our website for unpaid carers to check their eligibility for vaccine and make themselves known. You will be sent an appointment letter within three weeks of completing the form. The appointment will be at one of our community vaccination centres and you will be given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. You do not need to contact your GP for an appointment. There is a dedicated vaccination advice line open seven days a week. From Monday to Friday it’s open 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday it operates 9am to 4.30pm. The number is 01685 726464.   – Hywel Dda University Health Board Group six, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between February 22 and April 4   -Powys Teaching Health Board Priority Group 6, as of the 10th of March, Adults with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers have got first dose appointments underway. Invitations are going out.   -Swansea Bay University Health Board The latest update from the health board says that those aged 65 to 69 (Group 5) will be called to a mass vaccination centre between February 15 and March 10. Most people in group six with underlying health conditions will be vaccinated by their GP practice. But if you are registered with Abertawe Medical Practice, Brunswick, Nicholl Street, University, Dyfed Road, Uplands and Mumbles and Mount surgeries, you will be called to a mass vaccination centre (MVC.) Some patients registered with Fforestfach Medical Group, Victoria Gardens, and Kingsway practices may also be called to an MVC. Vaccinations will take place between March 8 and April 19.   More Information: If you have any questions regarding eligibility for the vaccine and self-referral forms please see our Q&A post on our website- http://www.allwalesforum.org.uk/q-a-around-carers-eligibility-for-the-covid-19-vaccine-and-the-self-referral-forms/ For any questions regarding the vaccine, please visit – http://www.allwalesforum.org.uk/flowchart-and-faq-about-vaccines-for-parents-and-carers/ If you can’t find your answer and want to get in touch, please email us at admin@allwalesforum.org Thanks, Diolch The AWF Team

  • The questions we have received from carers and the answers are based on the current information provided by the authorities, as of today, 11/03/2021; we will update the page with any changes. Thank you for your support. We teamed up with Bubble Hub – Community Project to create the Q&A Bubble Hub and AWF Video, please click here to watch , were Mandy, the parent carer behind Bubble Hub and Gwen, from the All Wales Forum talk about the Q&A, written below, around the Carers’ Eligibility criteria for the Covid-19 vaccine and the self-referral forms. Q: Am I eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine as a carer in priority group 6?  A: Three main factors came into play for you to be eligible for the covid-19 vaccine. The Welsh Government sets them out to be:   The vulnerability of the person being cared for (is one of): is 65 years old and over (group 5)  is deemed extremely clinically vulnerable (group 4)  has a defined underlying health condition including mental illness (qualifying as group 6)  is a child under 16 with complex medical needs / severe neuro-disabilities  The nature of the care provided to those 16 and over:  includes, but is not restricted to, helping with eating, bathing, shaving, managing continence, dressing and walking. It may include intervening in challenging or risky behaviour. It may include providing significant levels of support and supervision at home or in the community and where social distancing is not possible.  or  The nature of the care provided to children under 16 with complex medical needs/ severe neuro-disabilities:  is beyond the care and support parents ordinarily provide for a child. It is likely to include tasks like tracheostomy tube care, airway suction, repositioning to manage pressure areas and care interventions such as respiratory physiotherapy. It may include intensive personal care such as daily washing and continence care and /or managing behaviours that challenge.  III. The unpaid carer is the sole or primary carer  We recognise that caring for some people may require two people to assist with such tasks as positioning, hoisting, bathing and changing. There may be arrangements whereby two people evenly divide the caring responsibilities. In such instances, both unpaid carers may be considered as the primary carers.  To be prioritised for vaccination, an unpaid carer should satisfy all three factors.    You can read the Welsh Governments full information on COVID-19 vaccine for carers here: https://gov.wales/covid-19-vaccination-unpaid-carers-html    Q: I’m in receipt of Carers Allowance. Will I be automatically called to get the vaccine?  A: No, if you are in receipt of Carers Allowance you are not automatically registered as an unpaid carer with your GP. If you are in receipt of Carers Allowance, meet the eligibility criteria but you are unsure whether your GP is aware of your caring role, please fill out the form.    Q: We, as the parents, are our child’s supporter, would we both be eligible for the covid-19 vaccine in priority group 6?  A: By the guidance, if you both provide close-contact care and your child is 16+ or if your child is younger than 16 but has complex medical needs, such as severe neuro-disabilities, than you both would meet the criteria to be eligible and would have to fill in your individual forms stating your caring responsibilities, if you are not already known to your GP.    Q: I am not the sole carer, we both give close-contact care to our loved one. Can we both be self-referred through the form to receive the covid-19 vaccine in priority group 6?  A: Yes, the Welsh Government recognises that there are people who will need close-contact support from more than one person and that certain families jointly share caring responsibilities. Please explain your caring responsibilities in your individual forms. Each eligible carer will need to complete their own form.    Q: Can I explain on my form about my partners caring responsibilities to refer them for the vaccine?  A: No, you will have to fill out individual forms stating your shared caring responsibilities.     Q: In our household, also the brother/sister who lives with us, has caring responsibilities and gives close-contact care, are they eligible?   A: Yes, if they are 16+ and give close contact care, they could meet the eligibility criteria. Because as a family you share caring responsibilities and you live all together. Again, they will need to complete their own form.    Q: I can’t leave my loved one to go and receive the covid vaccine. Can I request for someone to come here?  A: On the form there is a “Specific Needs” section, please state in this section your accessibility requirements and/or reasons for requiring a home vaccine visit. Different Health Boards will have different arrangements to meet your requirements.     Q: I know of a carer who doesn’t have access to the internet and/or a computer but knows they are eligible for the vaccine. How can they apply?   A: Every Health Board has been requested to organise a non-digital solution. For now, this consists of a phone number to call where the person on the other end can fill out the form for the carer. Information regarding this service will be on the Health Boards dedicated webpage.    Q: Where can I find the form for my Health Boards?  A: If you visit the webpage: https://gov.wales/get-covid-19-vaccine-unpaid-carer you will find at the end of the page a list of links to the Health Boards Webpages. Some Health Boards have called the form an “eligibility toolkit” but it is the same form.     Q: I have just checked, and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board doesn’t have a form. What do I do?  A: As of today, 10/03/2021 when these Q&As were written, we have been advised that ABUHB will be publishing their form on Monday the 15th of March, please try the link again then. In the meantime, you can still check if your own GP has a carer registration form for that surgery.      Q: Can I sign up as a carer with my GP when I fill-out this form?  A: Yes, at the bottom of the form it should ask you whether you want your information to be passed on to your GP.     Q: Do I need proof of caring?  A: No. Not all unpaid carer will be eligible to receive the vaccine in priori 6 but the WG approved the self-referral form as means for unknown eligible carers to be identified. There will More…

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