NI coroanvirus vaccine roll-out extended yet again: Now all carers, no matter what age, can book an appointment

The coronavirus vaccination roll-out in Northern Ireland has been extended for the third time in as many days and now includes all carers.

By Niall Deeney
Friday, 19th February 2021, 4:13 pm
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The vaccine roll-out was first extended on Wednesday to include some carers, then again on Thursday to include all carers over-50, and today it has been extended again to include all adult carers of any age.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “If you are the main carer of someone who is elderly or disabled and you are 18 or over you can now book a vaccination online at one of the seven trust centres.

“The Health Minister Robin Swann has decided today to remove the age criteria and open the scheme to anyone who is a main carer.”

The Minister said: “Carers play a vital role in our society and are essential to those they look after. Should a carer fall ill, the needs and welfare of those they care for could be put at risk.

“This week we moved daily to increase the number of carers eligible, working our way down the age bands. Today I have decided to remove the age criteria and open this up to all carers. If you are a carer of someone who is elderly or disabled you can now book your vaccine online at one of the seven trust centres.”

The department say you can book online at one of the seven trust vaccination centres if you are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, whose welfare may be at risk if you as carer fall ill.

Concluding, Mr Swann said: “The vaccination programme in Northern Ireland is changing daily as we bring more and more people forward to get vaccinated. If you have been offered the vaccine, I urge you to use your appointment, take up the offer and protect yourself and others.”

A spokesperson for his department said: “To make an appointment please visit the online portal: https://covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated.

“The online platform is the primary source to book an appointment and should be used in the first instance.

“A telephone booking system is also available should you not have access to the online portal. Telephone 0300 200 7813. The phone line is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

“Anyone attending a vaccination centre can be assured that social distancing and other Covid safety rules are strictly applied.

“People must get their first and second doses from the same provider – they must not try to ‘mix and match’ between GPs and vaccination centres.”