COVID-19 vaccination update, 26 February

Advice on the next vaccination priority cohorts

Children's drawing's encouraging people to get their vaccination

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has today issued its advice on prioritisation for the next phase of the vaccine roll out once all those in cohorts 1-9 have been offered the vaccine.

Until then, the NHS continues to offer the vaccine to the groups currently eligible, including those at most risk:

  • Everyone aged over 64
  • People in care homes for older adults
  • Eligible health and care workers
  • The clinically extremely vulnerable
  • People at greater risk from COVID-19 because of an underlying health condition (including learning disabilities)
  • Informal carers – carers who claim Carers Allowance or are on their GP carers register are currently being vaccinated, and the local NHS is working closely with local authorities in Sussex to ensure all unpaid carers are able to access the vaccine as soon as possible.

The Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme is well underway and to date more than 548,735 vaccinations have been delivered across Sussex, including 535,544 first doses.

We expect those aged 60 and over to be invited for vaccination shortly, followed by those aged 55 and over. All those aged 50 and over will have been invited by mid-April.

Brighton Centre free parking for vaccinations

Anyone receiving their COVID-19 vaccination at the Brighton Centre will be entitled to one hour’s free parking in the Churchill Square Orange Car Park(located in Regency Road East BN1 2RU). The 1 hour/60mins free parking begins from the minute you enter the car park. Any additional parking will be charged at normal rates.

In order to ensure everyone stays safe, please follow these instructions to claim your hour’s free parking while you have your vaccination:

  • Park in the orange car park (Churchill 1), which is located in Regency Road East, BN1 2RU. The vehicle height restriction is 2.13 meters
  • Enter the car park via lane 1 (left hand lane)
  • On arrival take a ticket from the car park barrier
  • Explain to the Churchill Square Security Officer that you are attending the Brighton Centre for a COVID-19 vaccination. You will need to provide proof of vaccination appointment for that day (showing the confirmation you have received on your phone is fine).
  • The security officer will then validate your ticket.

Responding to feedback: changing frequency of vaccination updates

From next week we will be sending our regular vaccination updates on a Tuesday and Thursday in response to feedback on how we can improve our communications.

Since the start of January we have been sending daily updates to stakeholders to provide the latest information and news on the roll-out of the programme. We have received very positive feedback on the updates but, now the programme is fully up and running and progressing well, people have told they would like them to be less frequent so they do not miss the information we are providing.

We will, therefore, we sending our updates every Tuesday and Thursday from next week and they will continue to be full of the latest updates, news and information to provide the clarity of information that people need.

Alongside our updates, we will continue to send our more detailed stakeholder update every Thursday and all the latest information is constantly updated on our website that can be accessed at any time. We are also ramping up our communications and engagement campaign which aims to provide all the information people need to know about how, why and when they will get the vaccination.

Your jab – there’s nothing to worry about

We know that there are many reasons why people might be nervous to have their COVID-19 vaccination when they are invited.

The vaccine is the best way to protect ourselves and those around us from serious illness, and vaccination services have a range of measures in place to make sure the jab is given in a safe environment, including staggered appointments, social distancing and regular cleaning.

In this video, we follow Sandra, who was really frightened about coming for her vaccine. She was pleasantly surprised at how quick and organised the process was and says she recommends everyone take up the opportunity to be vaccinated when it’s their turn.

More information

Much more information about the vaccination programme is available on our website, including details of the services available in each arealatest datastakeholder briefings, answers to frequently asked questions and links to all the national leaflets and materials.

Thank you for your support in helping to keep our local communities updated and informed about this fast-moving and unprecedented vaccination programme.

Find more information about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme