There has been a lot of comments on this blog about private carers and private healthcare workers not been eligible for COVID-19 vaccination under the current NHS England vaccine priority system.
I have just discovered that government guidelines don’t distinguish between public or private employees. So if you are an active healthcare worker, working in the private sector, you are eligible for the vaccine. All you need to do is call your GP and book an appointment for a vaccination. I assume if your GP doesn’t know you very well you may need to provide some form proof of your type of employment.
I would expect the same rules to apply to carers of very vulnerable people with MS. So if you are a carer and look after vulnerable people with MS and are employed privately you also need to contact your GP to make an appointment to be vaccinated. You don’t want to be responsible for potentially infecting the person you care for with coronavirus.
It is important to stress that the whole purpose of the priority vaccination programme is to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19, to protect the NHS and to save lives. It is now obvious to me that this applies to both public and private sector workers.
If your GP refuses to offer you a vaccine I suggest reiterating the above and letting us know how it goes.