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Vaccination: shared responsibility for Shared Lives carers

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As the campaign to encourage more frontline care and health workers to book their COVID-19 booster and flu vaccinations continues, we're delighted to share this message from Shared Lives carer, Mike Jacobs. The Shared Lives model, in which carers and those they care for share a home and community life, makes it even more important to maximise protection for everyone in their domestic circle. And now that the National Booking Service is available on the NHS app, it's never been easier to book and manage vaccination appointments.

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Good health is a shared endeavour

As a Shared Lives carer there's nothing more important than maintaining your own good health and thus availability to those you care for.

Both flu and COVID-19 can take an individual out of action for several days at best, several months at worst. As carers, we have kept in frequent contact with our local NHS to get the necessary jabs as soon as possible.

During the lockdown, which was a very difficult period, I ensured our whole family and the person we support were vaccinated as soon as possible, to make sure we were all safe. It was really simple too – I was surprised about how quick and well organised it was.

When, as a couple you reflect on what it is you do as carers, the thought of the weekly tasks being undertaken by just one of you is quite a worry. If both of us fell sick together then the necessary arrangements would be considerable.

It's also been very important for the person we support to get timely jabs. If he were to be sick, the task of effective care is all the more difficult. Covid-19 infections, especially, would present very significant difficulty, with the necessary physical separation.

Flu and covid-19 vaccinations are an essential part of good health and physical well-being in order to undertake the rigours of caring and to be cared for. I urge all Shared Lives carers and, for that matter, everyone working in social care, to make sure they and their loved ones are vaccinated.

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Need more information? Look no further...

To learn more and promote the benefits of vaccination to care colleagues, visit the Campaign Resource Centre for Q&A leaflets, posters, social media content and stickers, all free to download and share.

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