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People with learning disabilities on Covid-19 vaccine list

People with learning disabilities and unpaid carers have now been added to the Covid-19 vaccination priority list.

If you’re registered as an unpaid carer or you’re on the learning disabilities register in England, you’ll soon be invited to get the vaccination.

You're considered an unpaid carer if you receive carer’s allowance or you’re the main carer of an elderly or disabled person who may be placed at risk if you fall ill.

Registered as an unpaid carer or on the learning disabilities register?

If you’re concerned about whether you’re registered as an unpaid carer, Carers Trust have created a list of frequently asked questions on that topic and the roll out of the vaccine to unpaid carers at www.carers.org/news-and-media/news/post/101-coronavirus-vaccine-and-carers-faqs-for-unpaid-carers.

If you have a learning disability or care for someone who does, you can read more about the vaccine, and how you can make sure you’re on your GPs learning disability register, by visiting www.mencap.org.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine.

Beware of Covid-19 vaccine scams

Unfortunately even though we’re in a fight for our lives, criminals are seeing the pandemic as an opportunity to make money.

Covid-19 vaccine scams are being run on unsuspecting people every day. There are reports of con artists stealing cash or personal details from people keen to get the vaccine.

NHS-related scams

There are reports of text messages linking to a fake vaccine booking site. The site looks like an NHS page, but asks for personal details, including bank account numbers, to pay for the vaccine. This is not a legitimate website.

The NHS WILL NOT:

  • ask you for your bank account or card details
  • ask you for your PIN or banking password
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

The NHS reported one case in London where a man knocked on the door of a 92-year-old woman and injected her with a fake vaccine before taking £160 in payment. He told her the payment would be reimbursed by the NHS. That is not true.

To learn more about Covid-19 vaccine scams and how to spot them, visit:

 

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