COVID-19 vaccination update, 11 March

COVID vaccinations taken direct to heart of communities across Brighton and Hove

East Brighton's ambulance parked in the heart of their community offering vaccines

A new campaign to combat barriers to people getting their COVID-19 vaccination will next week see vaccines given to local people in the heart of their communities, offering vital protection to those eligible for closer to their homes.

The ‘No one’s safe until we’re all safe’ campaign was launched last week by the local NHS and City council to make sure no one misses out on their COVID-19 vaccine offer and to make it as easy as possible for them to get protected.

This week, as part of the campaign, it has been agreed to have community based services that can take the vaccine closer to where people live and work with specific communities to encourage uptake.

From next week local people in East Brighton will see an ambulance parked in the heart of their community offering vaccines, making sure everyone in Brighton & Hove is supported to access their vaccination, and barriers that they may face (such as getting to a vaccine site) overcome with practical solutions.

The site chosen for the first of many community vaccination visits comes following engagement with community leaders.

The hilly streets of East Brighton were identified by the NHS as a physical barrier stopping local people from being vaccinated, but the aim is that targeted community engagement and the roadshow style service will encourage more people in this area to receive their jab.

The ‘No one’s safe until we’re all safe’ campaign sees city partners working in close collaboration to ensure that we are reaching everyone who wants to have their vaccination and they are supported to receive it. This site visit is one of many more to come in different locations around the city in coming weeks.

The campaign includes outreach services, work with communities to support our diverse communities to understand any barriers to them receiving it, as well as clear information across the city on the vaccination programme that is targeted to communities, written in community languages.

Details of the community sites that will be visited by the vaccination roadshow ambulance and bus will be released and promoted within communities in the coming days.

Dr Elizabeth Gill, Chief Medical Officer for Sussex, said: “This will help to make sure every can access the vaccine, and we are to listening to our communities and finding real solutions to any barriers they may face.

“Encouraging take-up of the vaccine will save lives. We are committed to supporting everyone across our communities to have their vaccination and that is why we are launching ‘No one’s safe until we’re all safe’ campaign for Brighton and Hove with the city council.”

Vaccination service continues at Etchingham Village Hall

Vaccination service continues at Etchingham Village Hall

People in Rother are being reassured as vaccinations continue at the Etchingham service after the village school fully reopens this week.

The COVID-19 vaccination service at Etchingham Village Hall has vaccinated thousands of local people since it opened on 20 January. So far:

  • Everyone aged 70 and over in the Rother area has been offered a vaccination, and more than 95% of those in these age groups have received their first jab
  • We are on track to have offered the vaccine to everyone in all the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) groups by mid-April, in line with the national target local GPs and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust are working in partnership to offer this service to the local community.

The gradual easing of lockdown measures has seen children and young people returning to schools and colleges from 8 March.

Although it is anticipated that services will continue to be provided from Etchingham Village Hall for the foreseeable future, the service will have to adapt as the local school returns and resumes its regular use of part of the village hall.

Social distancing and strict hygiene measures will be maintained at all times. This will continue to keep safe all those using the hall, including people attending for their vaccinations, health and care staff, and volunteers.

The GPs and SCFT are currently planning how the services at Etchingham can be supported by additional services in the local area.

Opportunities to offer vaccination services from other local sites are being discussed at the moment and we will update the community as soon as we can.

The service at Etchingham is now focussing on those people with underlying health conditions. We would encourage anyone who has received an invitation to attend Etchingham to because of their age to use the national booking service to arrange an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy-led service.

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk:

  • People aged 55 and over
  • People who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • Eligible health and social care workers
  • You have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • You have a learning disability
  • You are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

Migrant COVID-19 guidance

The Migrant Health Guide on GOV.UK has been updated to include a COVID-19 guidance page.

This page is linked to the NHS entitlements page, and contains information about:

  • Charging exemptions for migrants for COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination
  • Translated COVID-19 resources,
  • Other COVID-19 topics relevant to migrant health.

Migrant Info Hub: The Migrant Information Hub has a wealth of information and resources available. This is aimed at the Yorkshire and Humber area but much of the information is incredibly helpful to every area. This week there is:

  • New translated resources on: the new strains of Covid-19, how to stop the spread, shielding and isolating, how to keep young people safe (healthy living, mental health, the NHS, and sexual health), vaccines and vaccine research.
  • New information resources on: GP registration and registration for specific migrant groups, home learning support, a new vaccine advert, a new migrant health guide
  • Training and events: A recorded webinar on barriers to vaccine access and community informed solutions.

SCFT celebrates delivering its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination centre

Teams from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust this week delivered their 100,000th COVID-19 immunisation.

The amazing milestone has been reached through the five large vaccination centres that are being run by the Trust at The Brighton Centre, The Welcome Building in Eastbourne, Crawley Hospital, Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester and Etchingham Village Hall (run with local GPs), as well as roving teams who have been working with primary care to deliver thousands of immunisations to care home staff and residents and people who have been unable to leave their homes.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I want to pay tribute to all our amazing teams as we reach this incredible milestone for Sussex today.

“We are so proud of the part we are playing in the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Sussex. The sheer scale is unprecedented and we have recruited more than 1,500 people to support the programme, as well as 500 volunteers

“At the same time as setting up and running our centres, our SCFT teams continue to deliver vital community services for people who need them, supporting more than 9,000 adults and children a day with nursing, medical and therapeutic care.  It’s been a team effort on an extraordinary level and I am so proud of the Trust.”

The COVID-19 vaccination centres are one part of the Sussex vaccination programme, which includes GP led services, roving teams, community pharmacies and hospital hubs.

SCFT’s 100,000th vaccination was delivered at The Welcome Building vaccination centre in Eastbourne on Thursday morning.

Latest data shows over 675,000 vaccination in Sussex

62,546 vaccinations in Sussex last week

Data published by NHS England today shows that 613,879 vaccinations had been delivered across Sussex by Sunday 7 March.

The latest figures include a breakdown of vaccinations given by age and ethnicity, and also by local area and constituency.

They show that more than 94% of people aged over 70 had received their first dose by the end of February, along with over 80% of people aged 60-69.

In addition, 221,268 people aged under 60 had received a first dose. This group includes those people identified as being particularly vulnerable, health and care workers and carers.

We continue working to ensure that all eligible people across our diverse communities who have not yet received a first dose can access the vaccine.

The NHS in Sussex had already met the targets to offer the vaccine to all residents in care homes for older people, everyone over 70 and all eligible health and care workers, and remains on track to offer the vaccine to all those in the first nine priority cohorts by the middle of April.

See the latest data published by NHS England

Stakeholder briefing

The latest stakeholder briefings for Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex are available.

Stakeholder briefings are issued every Thursday to provide an update on the COVID-19 response across the local NHS system, in particular the vaccination programme. They provide the latest information on the number and location of vaccination services in the local area.

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