Published 15 March 2021

People aged 16 and over who provide vital face-to-face care and support for others and haven’t already been given an appointment are now being invited to self-register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are an estimated 700,000 people in Scotland who care for a friend, family member or neighbour affected by a disability, physical or mental ill health, frailty or a substance misuse.

The type of care they provide could be anything from the practicalities of domestic tasks such as regularly helping with the shopping, picking up prescriptions or preparing meals, to personal care such as helping them to wash and dress.

It could also be emotional support to someone such as a partner, friend or family member with a long-term health condition.

Health Minister Jeane Freeman said: “Scotland has very many people who provide vital face-to-face care and support for family and friends who don’t necessarily see themselves as unpaid carers, it’s just what they do.

“The care they provide is vitally important to all of us and in the national vaccination programme they are prioritised.

“By getting the vaccine those caring for others can protect themselves while they look after and protect others.”

You can check if you are eligible for the vaccine as a carer by using the self-registration at or by calling 0800 030 8013 to get your vaccination.