On 9 February 2021 the government announced that unpaid carers, who do not live with the people they care for, can now benefit from free PPE through a new national scheme.
This scheme has been rolled out nationally following a pilot scheme which worked our how the PPE could be distributed to unpaid carers. Local authorities and local resilience forums have been informed of the scheme and almost two thirds have signed up to support it since they were contacted on 25 January 2021.
Unpaid carers are also able to access p
riority testing when they have symptoms of Covid through the government testing portal.
Some carers have also been prioritised for vaccination as part of cohort 6 including those who are in receipt of a carer's allowance or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person who's care may be at risk if the carer falls ill. For those of you who are not sure what cohort 6 is this is the 6th category of carers who will be vaccinated between the ages of 16 and 64 who have serious underlying health conditions.
If you require free PPE then you should contact your local authority and ask whether they have signed up to the scheme or contact your local resilience forum which can be found through an internet search.