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Coronavirus (COVID-19) unpaid carers

Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak

A carer is someone who provides care, unpaid for a friend or family member, who cannot cope without their support. This maybe because they have a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction.

In this section:

COVID-19 vacinations for carers

For information about covid vaccine and/or boosters:


We know that many thousands of carers have already been contacted and have been vaccinated. More information and guidance can be found at Website: Carers UK vaccine frequently asked questions.

If you need further advice or support you can also contact our local carers organisations and they will advise you if you are able to receive your COVID-19 vaccine: Worcestershire Association of Carers.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

PPE remains free either until March 2023 or until guidance changes.

There is guidance on infection prevention and control:

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) - GOV.UK (

If you are an unpaid carer, you are eligible for free PPE, you can complete our online form:

Sign-up form for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portal - Moving to the online PPE Portal: sectors currently distributed to via local authorities and local resilience forums - DH eXchange (

Please highlight your current situation and PPE requirements and we will aim to assist. A typical pack of PPE would last 3 months.

The following groups can get free PPE from us:

  • domestic violence refuges
  • education (and childcare) services
  • local authority services (including children’s and adult social workers)
  • mental health community care
  • personal assistants
  • personal health budgets
  • rough sleeping services
  • unpaid carers
  • unregulated providers


General Coronavirus (COVID) guidance

There is lots of information on the GOV.UK website regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The webpages are updated regularly: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Support for carers

For information and support please go to the:

Carers page

Worcestershire Association of Carers (

Worcestershire Young Carers/Shropshire Young Carers | YSS

Having a back up plan if you are unable to care for someone

It is important for you to have a contingency plan for the person you care for. If you need support to do this please contact Worcestershire Association for Carers: Worcestershire Association of Carers.

If you have specific queries about the person you care for, please contact the Adult Social Care Access Centre: 01905 768053 - you will be redirected to the appropriate team as appropriate or email: